Ascent of Mount Bancroft on 2019-07-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:glen mizenko
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Bancroft
    Elevation:13250 ft / 4038 m

Ascent Trip Report

See GPS track. We did the traverse ridge between James and this peak. It was harder than it looks. My buddy HC told me I should look it up and make sure it was not class 4 and I did - I looked it up on LOJ and it shows a class 2. I am sure it is if coming from Berthoud Pass and the direction of Mount Eva and Flora but from James, HC was right more rock and obstructions. We were able to wind our way across the traverse without ever encountering any class 4. I would rate the entire easiest routes as an easy class 3. There was one climb down with some exposure we called a class 3+ crux but it was short and sweet. The challenge was the snow still there. We debated a few glissades and snow downclimbs and we did have ice axes but the risk/reward did not make sense when every obstacle could be climbed around more safely on class 2+ and class 3 terrain so we did. The upclimb after the ridge from the saddle up Bancroft is very steep class 2 but grassy. No hard terrain challenges - you just need oxygen and legs!

We had lunch up there and chatted with a friendly hiker from Portland. Then made our way over to the big prominence challenge Parry. On the way was a few false peaks and Glen found the register that had blown down the peak and through a snow field and we luckily stumbled across it and made sure it was returned
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:880 ft / 268 m
    Total Elevation Loss:924 ft / 281 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:880 ft / 268 m
    Loss on way in:924 ft / 281 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Top of James  13294 ft / 4052 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: James-Parry

Complete Trip Sequence:
1James Peak2019-07-11 a2974 ft / 906 m
2Mount Bancroft2019-07-11 b880 ft / 268 m
3Parry Peak2019-07-11 c921 ft / 281 m
Total Trip Gain: 4775 ft / 1455 m    Total Trip Loss: 1754 ft / 535 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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