Ascent of Mount Church on 2016-07-29

Climber: Destry Orth

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Church
    Elevation:12200 ft / 3718 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started this ascent after Donaldson Peak from the ridgeline at about 11,500'. This was definitely a knife edge ridge, and got pretty steep too. There was some small cliffs to climb which made it pretty fun and challenging. There was also false summit after false summit that kind of got me frustrated. Everytime I thought I was at the top, there was more mountain ahead. The view at the top was worth every second though. It was a pretty quick descent, or at least it felt like. I took my time and enjoyed the scenery though and ran into a few Rocky Mountain Sheep. I managed to get a tick on this hike though. Be careful through the grassy wet places.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:700 ft / 213 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4854 ft / 1479 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:East ridge
    Start Trailhead:Church and Donaldson Ridgeline  11500 ft / 3505 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4854 ft / 1479 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Jones Creek
    End Trailhead:Jones Creek TH  7346 ft / 2239 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes

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