Fun ridge climb. Did Donaldson first and then Church. Came in from North Fork of the Jones.
My #7th 12er- headwall was not as bad as I thought it would be. Went up the left "blue" route then immediately to the right. Summitted Donaldson first, then over to Church- took us 6 hours to get to summit of Church then 4 hours down to car. I was nervous about this one but it ended up being one of my favorites if not my favorite so far. Ridgeline is just amazing!
No snow but lots of scree, nice hike
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.
Don't like the headwall, love the ridge. Finished the 12ers.
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
Wet sloppy snow direct up the north face.
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
Lots of snowshoeing - Fun push to the summit
Watched skunk ape ski off the face. Gorgeous day.
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.
Originally tried to bag this with Donaldson, but the wind picked up to nasty speeds on the traverse. A truely classic climb.
The ridge was a fun scramble, the scree getting there wasn't. Beautiful day.
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.
Climbed with Donaldson. It was an extremely windy day, which made the ridgeline a little harrowing. Great climbs though.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.