James Peak & St. Mary's Glacier Climber's Log
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|pphlux||Route Climbed: St. Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: Dec. 2003|
|Very cold and windy day.|
We were practically being blown off the glacier, but the wind
subsided a bit once we were on the turndra above the glacier.
The summit seemed so close from the small rock outcrop
on the flat tundra approach. It was really quite a distance.
Great summit, highly recommended overall, especially in winter.
Some photos Here:
|Posted Mar 19, 2004 11:43 pm|
|miztflip||Route Climbed: Southeast Slopes via Saint Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: 18 March 2004|
|What and awesome day. Despite the high winds, the temps were warm and the sky clear. The views were absolutely amazing. The snow pack was very solid although I measured most slopes to be 25 degrees or less. Jamaica is blown clean except for a thin ice coat. Saw several people in the area.|
|Posted Mar 18, 2004 5:34 pm|
|Kessler||Route Climbed: Rogers Pass Date Climbed: August 16 2003|
|Carried by mom. Stopped at Rodgers Pass because of bad weather.|
|Posted Mar 16, 2004 6:45 pm|
|big_g||Route Climbed: East ridge via St. Mary's Glacier |
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2004
|Got turned back once in December but I bagged this one with a small group of intrepid CMC hikers today.|
Three people had to turn back but the 5 person summit team pushed on through a white out to the summit and navigated back to our snowshoes with common sense, altimeter, and compass.
|Posted Feb 28, 2004 9:34 pm|
|granddeity||Route Climbed: St Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: October 2003|
|Nice warm day. The Glacier was tiny, but two guys were still trying to snowboard on it.|
|Posted Feb 12, 2004 4:08 am|
|Nelson||Route Climbed: St. Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: April, 1998|
|Ascended the entire way on snowshoes. I pulled ahead of my friends and reached the top as clouds lowered. I presumed it was the summit because of the outline of the windbreaks under the snow. It felt like a summit, but I couldn't see too far. Fortunately I had shot a compass bearing to get back across Jamaica Flats, and I caught up with my friends there. Great day!|
|Posted Nov 25, 2003 9:51 pm|
|jeffgun||Route Climbed: St. Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: 2001, 2003|
|Been up this one twice, the first time was training for Rainier and the second was training for Orizaba. St. Mary's is a good place to get used to the crampons again and get comfortable being roped together.|
|Posted Nov 15, 2003 5:19 pm|
|RyanS||Route Climbed: South Slopes via St. Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: October 5, 2003|
|It was cloudy when we summitted, but the clouds broke as we crossed back over the Jamaica flats on our return. Nice day out there, but too many ATVs! A trip report is available here.|
|Posted Oct 7, 2003 5:34 pm|
|Scott||Route Climbed: north Date Climbed: August 16 2003|
|Snow, hail, and rain up high. My 15 month old son, Kessler and wife Kimberly waited down at Rodgers Pass for me to summit.|
|Posted Aug 21, 2003 12:25 pm|
|PeterD.||Route Climbed: St. Mary Glacier Date Climbed: Mid Feb., 2000|
|I have climbed from this route in winter maybe 6 or 7 times but what viewers of this page should note is the potential treacherousness of the flat area from the glacier to the mountain base (for some reason it is called "Jamaica"). I got caught in a white-out on the way back on this trip and spent hours wandering around as it was getting dark, going down wrong gullys, and finally by trial and error found the top of St. Mary's. I was more mad at myself than scared, but it could have been nasty ( and cold). Always bring a compass and take your readings. Retreat at the first sign of weather. I suppose it would not be a nice place to be caught during an electrical storm, either!|
|Posted Aug 4, 2003 12:25 am|
|395guy||Route Climbed: tressle to Rogers Pass to James Peak Date Climbed: July 1, 2003|
|Great hike along the Continental Divide. Easy, relatively level hike up to Rogers Pass. The guidebook I had consulted for this hike said that there was no trail going up to James Peak, only bouldering. I was surprised to find a well defined trail cut by shovels complete with switchbacks and red flag markers on the northeast side of the peak. On top by 8:05am.|
Weather conditions were perfect (clear skies, 60s, virtually no wind, no threatening clouds) so I decided to go on across to Bancroft (13,250) and then to Parry Peak (13,391). I radioed back to my family at their house in Fraser that I was doing this. If I had realized that I was already halfway to Berthoud Pass, I would have continued on to there. Instead, I turned around and came back across Bancroft and James Peaks.
There was no log book on top of Parry Peak. There was a log book on top of James but no pen or pencil to sign it with! I did sign the log book on Bancroft.
|Posted Jul 15, 2003 7:27 pm|
|Grant||Route Climbed: St Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: Nov. 4, 2001|
|This mountain is a very good conditioning mountain and would be a great snowshoe in the winter.|
James has some great views and we were able to see the Flattops Wilderness.
|Posted Mar 21, 2003 2:46 pm|
|mtnhiker13||Route Climbed: from St. Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: September 15, 2001|
|This was a great trip for me, I had never seen St, Mary's Glacier before, it was great to see people skiing and snowboarding in Sept. The tundra crossing was great. Could see how it would be treacherous in a snow storm, easy to lose your way. James Peak summit was cold and windy this day so we didn't stay long.|
|Posted Dec 27, 2002 12:26 pm|
|Marmot Murmer||Route Climbed: St. Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: September 21, 2001|
|I summitted James Peak for the third time on Sept. 21, 2001. I've done it in April, July and now in the September month over the past couple of years. I tried to summit one February, but was literally blown over while making my bid...I turned around prematurely with a nasty burn from the pelting snow.|
What I like about James Peak is it's proximity to Denver and the varying terrain throughought the hike. I usually start hiking at the trailhead, snowshoe up the glacier (at the lake), and then hike over the high mountain tundra to the peak. The time I summitted in April, I was able to snowshoe from the trailhead to the summit. It's nice to get the snowshoes out in the middle of summer!
|Posted Sep 24, 2001 1:09 pm|
|Jim Clarke||Route Climbed: via St. Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: 5/15/97|
|Summited for my 30th B-day...as a namesake peak.|
|Posted Jul 23, 2001 6:49 pm|
|Zeke||Route Climbed: Shooting Star Couloir Date Climbed: July 1999|
|Great climb, highly recommended. we did it a little late in the season, it was more of a mixed effort then.|
|Posted Apr 3, 2001 11:12 am|
|theplugger||Route Climbed: East route via St Mary's Glacier Date Climbed: 06-06-2000|
|Had climbed St Mary's Glacier several times before, even had ice ax practice up there with the Colorado Mountain Club Wilderness Trekking class, but this was the first time we went all the way to the beckoning James Peak. It was a perfect blue sky Spring day with no weather complications. A wonderful spring conditioning hike!|
|Posted Apr 3, 2001 10:26 am|