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live4hillsSon of a b*tch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2017


Started really early d/t threat of weather later. Half way up headwall I didn't care if it stormed, I was summiting because I told myself I was never doing this again! I always thought I'd leave Church undone because of the ridge, but I did it.. 9/9. I may have cried. Got down to the car and the lightning started. Just in time. N. Jones.. so much better then Pete creek!
I guess I have to do it with my daughter, but I'll need a few years to forget the pain and the sprained MCL.
Posted Sep 15, 2017 4:35 pm

DrGranolaGood Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2017


Don't like the headwall, love the ridge. Finished the 12ers.
Posted Aug 10, 2017 8:22 pm

derekpercNorth Fork Jones  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2016


The cairns along the approach were great. Thanks, fellas!

The wind coming over the saddle was horrendous. Certainly enough to throw me off balance when traversing the ridge crest. It sounds like that's a regular occurence.

3 hours to Donaldson summit, 8 hours car to car with Donaldson & Church
Posted Aug 3, 2016 12:08 am

DrGranolaNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2016


Wet sloppy snow direct up the north face.

Trip report
Posted Jun 7, 2016 11:16 am

elcy79.gpChurch #7  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2015


Hiked the 2 miles up Jones Ck with Jon and Ryan and made camp around 9,700' - Started around 6am next working and quickly made our way up to Donaldson then across the fun ridge hike to Church.

Went straight when we should have made a right coming down the chute and ended up on a sketchy slope with a lot of steep runout.

Made it down by 3 for a milkshake at Pickles

Posted Oct 20, 2015 12:54 pm

Michael TildenIdaho winter climbing  Sucess!

Michael Tilden

Lots of snowshoeing - Fun push to the summit
Posted Dec 29, 2014 1:44 pm

bhobbsNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2010


Watched skunk ape ski off the face. Gorgeous day.
Posted Feb 20, 2014 1:42 pm

Deltaoperator17Wind Blown...
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012


Great day up North Jones Creek with a good ol bunch (Blue Axe), the snow started to fly and the wind blew us off the SW face of Church, we should have gone via Donaldson, the group made the wrong decision.
Posted Jan 30, 2013 1:32 pm

MlaskyEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2001


Originally tried to bag this with Donaldson, but the wind picked up to nasty speeds on the traverse. A truely classic climb.
Posted Aug 13, 2011 2:39 pm

merrillEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2011


The ridge was a fun scramble, the scree getting there wasn't. Beautiful day.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 8:53 pm

IdahoPeakBaggerChurch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2007


My last Idaho 12,000 foot peak. East ridge via Jones Creek (I went up N. Fork Jones Creek for Donaldson and think the N. Fork was slightly easier approach). Overnighted on the 10,000 ft saddle between N. Fork Jones Crk and Jones Crk on the ascent. Very windy. There are two small ponds above 10,000 feet. Depending on when you climb they may still hold drinkable water. On our climb in mid July the first pond was dry, but the higher pond had water. Ditto the other comments on ridgeline wind and being the most difficult Idaho 12K peak.
Posted Feb 8, 2011 5:20 pm

Scarp172East ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2009


Climbed with Donaldson. It was an extremely windy day, which made the ridgeline a little harrowing. Great climbs though.
Posted Jan 4, 2011 7:35 pm

montanaboyN. Fork Jones Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010


The Indian Paintbrush was outstanding. A Lost River hail storm dished out some punishment on the descent. A thunder symphony was the music of choice as an accompaniment for the hail.
Posted Aug 8, 2010 11:43 pm

jamesmc2Great Views
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010


Mt. Church was my 2nd Lost River peak after doing Donaldson. Great views of the entire range and area. The ridge connecting Donaldson and Church is a blast!
Posted Jul 25, 2010 11:29 pm

boisedocfinal 12er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010


this was a tough climb. I think clearly it is the hardest Idaho 12er by the easiest route. The ridge is exposed and fun. The miserable scree on the way to the ridge is a nightmare ascending and descending. Surprisingly, there was still a bit of snow to deal with
Posted Jul 25, 2010 2:31 am

mtybumpo12er #8  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2010


This was an awesome climb! It was difficult but AWESOME! The hardest part was getting into the route from the pond to the ridge between Church and Donaldson. There was hard snow clogging the entrance and I didn't bring my crampons. The snow was great on the was back though! We also saw a bighorn sheep and a TON of Antelope.
Posted Jul 25, 2010 12:49 am

somiajEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2009


Scrambled up to the east ridge near the summit of Donaldson Peak and summited both Church and Donaldson from there. A friend joined me to the pond before the peak and I soloed both summits, putting me at 7 of 9 of the 12,000+. Round trip took about 10 hours.

Beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, though a lot of dust from harvest in the distance. View my photo's here.
Posted Sep 28, 2009 5:02 am

mfox79Fun Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008


This had to be one of my favorite 12ers fun scrambling and great views. I climbed this one with SPer Manley both summits took about twelve hours.
Posted Aug 17, 2008 12:39 pm

Super DaveNorth face snow climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008

Super Dave

Hiked in to Lake 9682' the night before, then did a solo climb up Church's north face. It was about 2500' feet of 40-45 degree snow climbing. I'd been daydreaming about this route for a couple years, and it didn't disappoint. Here’s a trip-report and some photos.
Posted Jul 7, 2008 1:52 pm

zoinkTrying to grab all the 12's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


Not in near good enough shape. Nothing like taking a step back for every step forward. Became sick and crashed in the saddle. It was a good trip though.
Posted Sep 16, 2007 10:18 pm

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