Ascent of Bandera Mountain-West Peak on 2011-06-05

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Al-Rashid
Date:Sunday, June 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bandera Mountain-West Peak
    Elevation:5157 ft / 1571 m

Ascent Trip Report

Joel and I set off on the Ira Spring Trail around 10 am and despite the snow the parking lot was full. The trail hit snow after just a half mile and we chained up for the remainder. After the second switchback sent us westward the hillside opened up to a massive snowfield that was melting rapidly and exposing in some places the open rock field beneath. We carefully made our way across this to a bare section of the rocks where we turned and climbed directly up until we reached the plaque dedicated to Ira Spring. From here we proceeded east along the ridge line to summit, where the south face had melted away and meadows were pushing through. The rest of the ridge to Bandera Mountain Summit was completely covered in snow and so we opted stop here. After a quick lunch and some great pictures we headed back down as it was getting too cold not to be moving. Sliding most of the way down through the snow fields made our descent quick and enjoyable. A third of the way down we passed a hiker with a snowboard making his way up, making both of us a little jealous. Sounds like a great way down to me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3057 ft / 931 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3057 ft / 931 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2957 ft / 901 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Ira Spring Trailhead  2200 ft / 670 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3057 ft / 931 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2957 ft / 901 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    End Trailhead:Ira Spring Trailhead  2200 ft / 670 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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