Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  Via St. Mary\\\'s Glacier
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  espressoself
 Date of Info:  12/05/2020
 Date Posted:  12/05/2020

Beautiful day. We lucked out and had almost no wind (except for about 30 minutes near 12,500'). Trail to St. Mary's Lake was predictably packed down. Glacier itself was packed toward the North side, and wind crusted in spots. Above the glacier in the area between Kingston and James, there were some boot packed areas, but post-holing still occurred in places. Between ~11,800' and the summit, the snow is not very well packed. There are wind scoured spots, but we frequently encountered areas with at least 2' of snow. We wore snowshoes briefly, but took them off around this point on the ascent (probably a mistake, but we were too lazy to put them back on). Flotation certainly not necessary, but it is helpful right now.

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