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Jones/American Combo

 
Jones/American Combo

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Jones/American Combo

Date Climbed/Hiked: Nov 7, 2009

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Fall

 

Page By: BigRob

Created/Edited: Nov 8, 2009 / Nov 8, 2009

Object ID: 571869

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Page Score: 74.01%  - 4 Votes 

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Trip Report

2009/11/7
American Peak 13,806, Jones Mountain 13,860
Solo from Burns Gulch TH

I left home at 4a.m. and arrived at Burns Gulch TH at about 6:50. I was underway by 7:00. I decided on leaving the snowshoes in the truck. I carried crampons but never wore them. I took a different approach than last week on Niagara. I took the northern fork of Burns Gulch and traversed under Jones Mountain’s north face. I found a route up to the American/Jones saddle.

From the saddle, the snow was sparse. I followed the “trail” across the talus slopes of American’s west ridge. I summited all the minor peaks on the west ridge route, as I remembered from climbing Victory Col and going down Traitor, that the views were awesome. We previously failed to summit American Peak because of a nice June snowstorm.

I took a direct line into Snare Gulch (straight from American towards Jones). As I was almost off American’s south slope, I fell injuring my knee badly. I’m pretty sure I strained or tore my MCL. I got my head together and realized that I had no choice but take some ibupropen and do my best. It was very weak for the rest of the trip. I used my hiking sticks like a cane. All’s well that ends well.

I started up Jones Mountain on a SE ridge. I’d say the line was easily 3rd class with some moderate snow slopes. I later joined the NE ridge route. I left the summit of Jones Mountain via the west ridge. Instead of dropping into the valley, I followed the west ridge all the way back to my vehicle. I arrived back at 4:30.

The snow and cornice on Jones NE ridge was a little problematic as it was getting soft and the rocks shifted easily below the snow. I didn’t set any speed record and lost use of GPS (battery failure). So I have no idea about distance and vertical gain. The wind gusted a few times, otherwise the weather was spectacular.

American Peak/Jones Mountain Saddle

Jones/American Saddle
 

American Ridge

American Peak Ridge
 

American Peak

American Peak
 

Handies Peak through window in American Ridge

Handies Peak
 

American Peak Summit

American Peak Summit
 

Half Peak from Snare Gulch

Half Peak
 

Northern View from Jones Mountain

Northern View from Jones
 

Route I followed up Jones NE Ridge

Jones Northeast Ridge
 

Jones Summit

Jones Mountain Summit
 

Jones Summit

Jones Mountain Summit
 

Jones Mountain West Ridge

Jones Mountain West Ridge
 

Jones Mountain "Splattski"

Jones Mountain  Splattski
 

Images

Jones Mountain Summit

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Bob SihlerFun stuff

Bob Sihler

Voted 10/10

I enjoyed this and your other recent San Juans TR. Way to get out there and enjoy the snow and do your own thing.
Posted Nov 9, 2009 10:56 am

BigRobRe: Fun stuff

BigRob

Hasn't voted

Thanks Bob. I have enjoyed your photo's and TR's as well. I jacked up my knee at the exact worse spot on this trip, but I know I will not give up soloing. Not that partners are bad, they just don't always work out.
Posted Nov 9, 2009 11:46 am

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