Great spot for skiing and ice axe practice thats so close to Denver...
I hiked along the Loch Lomond road for awhile, then took the Continental Divide trail the rest of the way. Then I hiked down to Loch Lomond, and took the road back to the car. I started at 7:30, reached the summit at 9:45, and got back to the car just after noon. I saw fewer than ten people climbing James Peak, but there were a whole lotta vehicles parked all along the road to Loch Lomond. As I neared the summit, a helicopter landed down by Loch Lomond and stayed there for awhile.
High winds, soft snow. Much better than the office...
I reached the lake at 7:00am, sought out the steepest section of snow jutting up from the lake between multiple large, rock outcroppings. Difficulty didn't exceed easy Class 3. Summited James Peak at 9:54am and was back home (Denver) at 12:40am.
My first time on the Glacier. Just went to top of glacier and practiced self arrest and had a ball. I can't wait to go back and ski.
Skied with my wife Sonya - nice spring conditions.
Warm sunny day made the snow awefully soft. It was the 1st time I've climbed in this area without any wind, which was a nice change. Snow was to soft to glissade from the summit, but st. mary's glacier was still a fun trip down.
Skinned and hiked up the East Slopes from St. Mary's Glacier. Gorgeous day with lots of good snow. Windy and cold on top, but very pleasant everywhere else. Great skiing on the upper slopes and on the glacier.
Skinned the route from Stewart Rd. to just before Loch Lomond then up E slopes. Had planned on checking out Bancroft traverse (hence the Fall River Basin start)but a whiteout came in while on summit of James. Bancroft traverse is too technical to attempt blind so... skied the E slopes with 30ft visibility. Weird solo day
Quick talus hike
Felt good to get out the crampons again, but didn't need them for long. Climbed the SE ridge and descended the East slopes. Snowshoes aren't needed now. Fun hike.
Finally got there from St Marys Snowfield after getting stormed off 4 other approaches
Got one short glissade off the summit. I'll be back to ski this one next year.
Climbed James Peak by the gentle south slopes just for fun. Most notable part of the day was almost stepping on a stupid ptarmigan that didn't have the sense to move when a larger beast was approaching. In their summer plummage, they're really hard to see! A few good glissades on the way down.
A great hike in perfect weather, sure beats working on a monday! The views above treeline were awesome, and the views down superstar and shootingstar couloirs were stunning - looks like a pair of awesome snow climbs.
Not sure if this counts as a summer ascent yet, but it sure felt like one. Wonderful snow conditions from the top at about 10:45am.
A couple of traverses required to keep from taking the skis off.
We snowshoed up and glissaded down. Beautiful summit - beautiful day.
Total ascents = 8. One of my favorite early season hikes.
Skied ~400 feet from the summit.
CMC outing with some friends. Fierce winds all day, blowing snow, ice, and pebbles. Reached the summit but couldn't see anything. Ahh, the joys of winter mountaineering! Apparrently, the wind in this area of the Continental Divide rarely ceases. Great workout!