Hiked and then skied James Peak from St. Mary's Glacier. First ski descent and first peak with my puppy. A great present for my birthday, today.
Great ski descent after battling the wind all the way up. I was knocked to the ground twice, and Ben three times. Brutal conditions, but well worth the effort.
Great, safe, winter climb. Easy to avoid slopes prone to sliding. Just be mindful of the way back down if conditions turn. It would be easy to miss the right descent.
Super Star was in fine shape, plenty of snow still.
This was one of my early climbs with the IU hiking group, and I enjoyed it thoroughly enough to be inspired to keep hiking weekly with this group!
My first serious winter summit. The wind was fierce on the glacier but let up a bit after that. A long slog up the snow, but a beautiful summit, well worth the effort!
Perfect weather and had the entire mountain to myself.
My first time in crampons with a mountaineering axe. Practiced on the glacier and then cruised up to the summit.
First time to St. Mary's Glacier. Nice place. Tagged Kingston on the way back down.
First time to St Mary's Glacier. Close to Denver.
A beautiful day for some climbing! Axe and I hit the summit before he strapped on his board to head back. I was able to glissade several segments. Not much snow up there now.
15 Feb 2004
Wind for the first half of the climb was stiff. It died down once we reached the flank of James. Snow pack is consolidated with some loose snow. Crampons worked well for the whole trip. My wife was in snowshoes but didn't gain much advantage due to the packed snow. Great view from the summit; so many peaks to explore.
Climbed James and Kingston for a chill day in the mountains. The views were great and the alpine start paid off, as we were down before the Labor Day weekend madness took over.
6/12/11 - Climbed with my wife. Enjoyed watching playful marmots on the summit.
Great hike from the Rollins Pass Road (west)
Climbed this one with Jamie Nellis, Prakash (Maverick), Brian (Zenalpinist) and Stephanie. Great climb but tiring kicking steps the whole way! I then skied back down the couloir, steep and narrow and the top. Definitely my steepest backcountry line to date!
Easy climb up the standard route. Not so crowded back in those days! Done with my wife, Mrs. Rat.
2/27/05 - Standard route. A nice introduction to winter hiking in Colorado.
6/11/11 - Superstar Couloir from St. Marys Glacier, excellent conditions.
6/2/12 - Shooting Star Couloir, started 1.5 miles shy of the Upper Mammoth TH (on Kingston Peak Road). Good conditions, topped out before 8:30am.
After we got to Loveland Pass road and found it closed, I took my wife here for her first climb. We climbed with my friend Heath and his woman, Kelly (her first climb as well). Several CMC members on a training course on the lower glacier. We climbed up the glacier to the plateau. Lots of wind, and great views all day!
James Peak was the first mountain I summited on an unrecorded date in the summer of 1983. That was the year I moved to Colorado. I think the mountains were already in my blood. I didn't realize yet however just how much I would get into mountain climbing. This was my third climb of James Peak.
We dropped my Jeep off at Rogers Pass, then returned to Berthoud Pass to start the traverse. Great day until I realized my keys were in my buddy's truck back at Berthoud Pass.