Casco Peak & French Mountain
Date: May 20, 2013
Team: Dav, Ted, Darcy Conover, Adam Moszynski, Scott Rinckenberger, Jamie Starr
Route: Casco’s East Ridge and French’s Southeast Face
After Jones Mountain we headed home, wrapping up a fun week down in the San Juans. The break was short though, and after only a single day at home, we loaded up the RV and headed out again. Our goal– the mountains of the Sawatch Range near Leadville.
First up was actually a twofer– Casco Peak, 13,908 ft., and French Mountain, 13,940 ft. These two high summits are located right by Mount Elbert and Mount Massive and are often done as a pair. So after a comfy night in the RV along Halfmoon Creek, seven of us– Darcy Conover and Adam Mosczinski, Jamie Starr, Scott Rinckenberger, Dav, and I– headed up to Casco along the South Halfmoon Creek approach. (Unfortunately, Christy had to stay in Aspen to work a few days. She’ll hook up with us again soon.)
The route up the old mining road passes quickly, and once up high, we managed to climb and ski both peaks before things got too warm. And on another positive note, in addition to what seems to be a relative abundance of snow for this time of year, there was little to no dust visible. Apart from some serious slogging through rotten snow back to the trailhead, we all had a pretty awesome day.
Thanks to Scott for sharing some of his photos for this post.
Next up– Oklahoma.