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ScottJacque  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2015


We awoke to -24F (-31C) at Janet's Cabin. The skies were mostly sunny though. Kessler and I set off for the summit of Jacque Peak, 13,211 feet/4027 meters elevation.

Since I had broken the trail to Searle Pass the day before, we made faster time to the pass than I did on the previous day. Once we were at the pass, it was windy and cold again.

After a very brief break at the pass to get some water, we headed up the ridge towards Jacque Peak. The ridge had pretty good snow conditions, but there were a few places where the snow was deep and a few place where the wind had blown off the snow leaving exposed rock.

Kessler was moving faster than me, but he would have to find a place sheltered from the wind in order to wait for me since it was so cold.

The ridge seemed much longer than expected and when we got to the major false summit (almost a mountain in itself), at 12,660 feet, it was disheartening to see how much further the summit still was. We also had to descend a fair distance before climbing up towards the true summit.

The route to the summit was also more difficult than we expected and we had some steep rock scrambling, which was tedious since there were areas of soft snow between the rocks.

Eventually we made our way up another false summit and to the true summit. It was a hard earned summit, but the wind was just screaming. I calculated the windchill to be -54F (-48C) on the new chart and -81F (-63C) on the old!

We didn't spend much time on the summit, but got a hot drink (we had brought it up in a thermos) and ate a very brief lunch. Other than our brief break at Searle Pass, this was our only rest.

The views were absolutely spectacular and we could see much of the Gore Range and Sawatch, as well as the other surrounding mountain ranges. Still, with the cold, we didn't spend much time on the summit. We headed back down the mountain using the same route, but we found a better way through the rock scrambling section and avoided much of it.

It was a very spectacular climb, but very cold, and the ridge was much longer than we thought it would be. The rest of the group was happy to see us when we stumbled into the cabin.

It stayed well below zero all day, even at the cabin.
Posted Jan 12, 2016 10:41 pm

KesslerJacque  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2015


Posted Dec 28, 2015 12:43 am

rockymountaindivaGraveline Gulch to Tucker Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2015


Found someone's tracks on another website that avoided all mine property entirely. Traverse from Graveline Gulch (a gulch on my Garmin map just north of Tucker Gulch) would have been tricky route finding except for having the tracks. Gorgeous fall day, added in Tucker Mtn. on the way back.
Posted Oct 17, 2015 11:39 am

chicagotransplantSE Face Ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2015


Climbed up the east ridge via the ski resort with Brian and Rick. We roughly following the American Flyer lift then worked our way up to the ridge. Skied down the SE face, short climb up Tucker, down "The Nacho" ski run, and up a service road to the Union/Copper saddle and easy cruiser run back to the village. Had to cross the plowed out service road, but otherwise continuous snow the whole day.
Posted May 10, 2015 1:45 pm

KieferFrom Union Station  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014


Wasn't sure what the people around would do, but I started hiking up a ski run angling towards the ridge closest to Jacque.
Last peak of the day of a multi-day long trip.
Was looking for an easy tundra walk after Drift.
Good views for a low 13er. Sure didn't 'feel' like a Gore Range peak though.
Posted Aug 9, 2014 9:26 pm

alpine345jacque'd up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 1981


Hiked this from Searle pass as my last "summer" hike...only 10" of snow...
Posted Oct 19, 2012 10:19 pm

SarahThompsonVia Tucker Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011


Quick afternoon hike with a little buchwhacking.
Posted Sep 11, 2011 11:00 pm

astrobassmanSki of Jacque  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2011


Was great to ski up and down a mountain after busting my ass in grad school while working full time for 8 months. Went up with Craig. Got about 6000 feet in from Copper. Very mellow ridge from Copper. Great views of the Gore.
Posted Jun 7, 2011 10:20 pm

colinpencegreat peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006


I climbed with the "usual suspects", and managed to enjoy the day in spite of falling and scraping my arm on some loose gravel.
Posted Sep 30, 2009 1:34 pm

crzyjtNE ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2009


Climbed from the top of the lifts then skied around Searle Pass down to a night's stay in Janet's cabin.
Posted Feb 5, 2009 9:54 pm

shanahan96snowless jacque  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2007


snowless november climb of jacque?

yeah, that's what we encountered this veteran's day. it's lovely seeing that hiking is easier but the lack of snow is starting to become depressing.

Posted Nov 12, 2007 6:36 pm

chicagotransplantSE ridge to NE ridge w/ Tucker  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2007


Copper was open, but the back bowls were dry so no ski patrol to worry about. Ascended the SE ridge via CO 91 and a Climax service road then made the traverse all the way around to Tucker Mountain and back down through Tucker Gulch. Great views, this "low 13er" has over 2000' of prominence and it shows!
Posted Nov 12, 2007 10:10 am

mtnhiker13East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2006


Did a little navigation through the woods to get onto Tucker Mountain and then up the ridge. Nice day! Some snow to avoid.
Posted Jul 27, 2007 8:34 pm

shknbkeup s.e. ridge, down n.e. ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007


After wallowing in sugar snow on New Years day which led to an abort, I tried it again, this time via the s.e. ridge. The snow was great and we moved well this time. When down the n.e. ridge and over Tucker on the way down. Tucker is off limits during ski season.
Posted Apr 30, 2007 9:53 am

Eric HolleGeller Gulch/Searle Pass/NW Ridge Date Climbed: August 5, 2006  Sucess!

Eric Holle

Followed James's route. Nice hike, lots of bikers out!
Posted Aug 5, 2006 9:24 pm

Brian KaletAscent: Southeast Ridge, Descent: East Bowl  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2006

Brian Kalet

Skied from the summit!
Posted Feb 13, 2006 7:44 pm

belexesRoute Climbed: Copper Mountain Ski Resort via Union Mountain Date Climbed: August 1, 2004  Sucess!


I did this with the Colorado Mountain Club. We cheated a bit by taking the lift about halfway up. Views are spectacular from up there.
Posted Aug 2, 2004 10:09 am

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: April 25, 2004  Sucess!


Hard to beat the views from up there.
Posted May 6, 2004 2:06 am

KaneRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: 4-25-04  Sucess!


Nice sunny April hike, with even better views. If you do this one with snow you don't nessecarily see the mining scars that dominate the view to the southeast. Only upon close inspection does Bartlett Mountain look like a giant staircase wit all that snow!
Posted May 5, 2004 8:49 am

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