|Peak:||James Peak (13er)|
|Route:||St Mary\'s Glacier|
|Date of Info:||04/27/2019|
I recommend starting as early as possible before the snow starts to melt/soften, by which time traction will be useless and you'll need snowshoes (I didn't bring mine and lost my microspikes on the way back, was too lazy to take them off, found one but couldn't find the other).
Strong winds on the way up the snow field by the glacier (forecast said 30mph+50mph gusts, which was accurate). Tough but very doable in my opinion. The wind eased up throughout the day, wasn't bad near the summit.
Route finding and navigation can be hard in the clouds, but got easier as they cleared up. Cairns in the final mile helped (don't target them willy-nilly if the slope isn't safe, they'll still be useful landmarks at the very least). Did not have any problems on the way back.
Watch out for cornices and potential avalanche slopes (near the glacier, final mile near the summit, and especially the summit, don't go peaking over the edge). Not too concerning overall.
Still working my way back from injuries so took me 5 hours to summit.
If anyone finds a single XL microspike, let me know