|Peak:||Carbonate Mountain A (13er)|
|Route:||Jennings Creek TH|
|Date of Info:||07/04/2018|
Summer conditions of course. In fact this is my 4th time in this basin and it is the driest conditions I have seen by far. Follow the west ridge Tabeguache route to the 12,600' saddle. From here turn left and head up the ridge. This ridge is no joke. Class 2/2+ for sure with lots of loose rock. Not terribly difficult route finding - basically follow ridge proper or off to the right somewhat - but plenty of talus and scree to deal with. Summit is an easy walk off to right of top of ridge. Nice summit with great views. On the way down there were a few spots where we remarked, 'we came up this crap??' Also on the descent there are a couple 'short-cut' gullies off to the right that look tempting to try. I would not advise unless in full snow.
Photo 1 point of view doesn't do the ridge justice. Looks pretty tame. Photo 2 gives an idea of the type of rock you deal with on a majority of this part of the ascent.
I am not trying to scare anyone away from this great peak, just be prepared for what it really is.
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