French/Frasco/Casco via Fiascol/N. Fork THPosted On:
2020-06-28, By: supranihilestInfo:
There's no bridge or rock crossing over North Fork Lake Creek, so I took my shoes and pants off and forded the creek. It was ice cold as expected, and very swift. I then stayed on the north side of the creek in Lackawanna Gulch, eventually going up towards Champion, then crossing the creek out of the gulch north of Lackawanna Gulch, up to the shoulder, and to Fiascol. There's a couple of required snowfield crossings in the upper gulch but I did not use traction or an axe. FiascolÂ is actually not as terrible as I expected, but it does still suck. Steep and crazy loose. Care was taken. The ridge to Frasco Benchmark looks intimidating from FiascolÂ but it's not that bad; Class 2+ to Easy Class 3 with lots of route finding and loose rock, some exposure. Totally dry. Ridge to French is in good shape, two short snow crossings.