Ascent of Francs Peak on 2013-08-05

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Ken Jones -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, August 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Francs Peak
    Elevation:13153 ft / 4009 m

Ascent Trip Report

We approached Francs Peak from Meeteetse and headed west. We found Phelps Road, survived the steep ascent and open/closed 4 gates before cresting on the plateau of the upper mountain. Easy driving once on the plateau. We parked at about 11,000 ft, car camped and started early the next morning. Climbed the steep slope of point 11,870 and then followed the ridge over BM Reef. Here we scared up a grizzly bear and he retreated northward towards the summit. We followed him for about 1.5 miles along the grizzly bear trail on the ridge. No real problem accessing the summit. We did see 3 sheep near the summit and a couple more bears once we were on the summit. Fun climb. Views obscured by a fire to the west.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3300 ft / 1004 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3300 ft / 1004 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2700 ft / 822 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2100 ft / 641 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:11053 ft / 3368 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2700 ft / 822 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2100 ft / 641 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Gain on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    End Trailhead:11053 ft / 3368 m

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