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二登13ers--James Peak (2014.07.01)

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攀登山岳:James Peak
山岳高度:海拔13,294(4, 052公尺)
登山口:Saint Mary's Glacier trailhead
登山口高度:10,300(3, 139公尺)
登山里程:8.5(13.68公里)
爬升高度:3,000(914公尺)
登山時間:9小時
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清晨五點四十分左右祖孫兩人從家中出發,到附近的King Soopers買了午餐後沿I-25南下轉I-76I-70西行,到Idaho Springs下去麥當勞用過早餐後,I-70Exit 238下高速公路後沿Fall River Road (County Road 275) 北行,中途經過Alice小鎮後抵登山口停車場,I-70至停車場約9哩;該停車場一大一小皆在公路左側,每車停車費5元美金,夏天假日有時車位一位難求,大部分的遊客是為著St. Mary's GlacierSt. Mary's  Lake而來,這個景點距登山口僅0.75哩,爬升約400(122公尺)
我們抵達停車場時約七點半左右,僅一部車比我們早到,時 間尚早且非假日吧!整裝後出發。
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步程簡述:
07:55 登山口出發(海拔10,300)
St. Mary's Glacier trailhead
St. Mary's Glacier trailhead



一路沿亂石集聚的還算寬大步道上山,貝貝邊走邊說今天好像比較累~~我暗想著:攻頂可能有難度!
08:18到達冰河(Glacier)底部小湖--St. Mary's Lake (海拔10,696 / 3,260 公尺),該湖上週才來過。
St. Marys Lake 6
St. Marys Lake 5
St. Marys Lake 4
St. Marys Lake 3
St. Marys Lake 2
St. Marys Lake 

和貝貝拍完照後由St. Mary's Lake東岸出水口的小鐵橋繞過,來到北岸的St. Mary's Glacier底部;此Glacier嚴格來說不能說是冰河(Glacier),它僅是一處長年積雪不化的雪原(Snowfield)而已,之所以取名Glacier可能是為吸引觀光客吧!
Jacob at the base of St Mary's Glacier
Jacob at the base of St Mary's Glacier
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St. Mary's Glacier (聖瑪莉冰河)
冰河高度:底部海拔10,696 / 3,260 公尺
                     頂端海拔11,200 / 3,414 公尺
                    落差  500 / 152公尺
冰河長度:0.5 / 800公尺
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08:40 循冰河上山,早上的冰河因夜晚的低溫冰面蠻堅硬的,但也容易滑倒,小心行走、步步為營。
Jacob is passing St. Mary's Glacier 1
Jacob is passing St. Mary's Glacier 2
St. Mary's Glacier 1
St. Mary's Glacier 
St. Marys Lake from the Glacier
St. Marys Lake from the Glacier

09:15 切到Glacier左邊山坡,離開冰河改走左邊山坡小路,山坡上Alpine sunflowerSky pilot flower等野花盛開。
Wildflowers along the trail 1
Wildflowers along the trail 2
Wildflowers along the trail 3
Wildflowers along the trail 4
Wildflowers along the trail 
Alpine Polit flower
Alpine Polit flower
Alpine sunflower 3
Alpine sunflower 2
Alpine sunflower 1
Alpine sunflower 


09:35 抵達冰河頂端(11,200 / 3,414 公尺),這條冰河大約有七、八百公尺長,爬升高度約150公尺左右,上到冰河頂端是一望無際的苔原。
The top of St. Mary's Glacier
The top of St. Mary's Glacier
Jacob is resting on his way to James Peak 1
Jacob is resting on his way to James Peak 


這裡是James Peak的東面山坡,走在苔原上往西一看,兩塊大山頭矗立在遠處;左邊雙駝峰似的是另兩座13 ers--Parry Peak(13,391 ft.)Mt. Bancroft(13,250 ft.),右邊即是今天的目的地James Peak,可惜今天James Peak的山頭上被一層雲霧罩住,僅能看到其前方的假山頭;我們就在這寬廣的苔原上朝James Peak西進。
At the top of St. Mary's Glacier, background is James Peak
At the top of St. Mary's Glacier, background is James Peak
Looking at Mount Evans to Torreys Peak crest line from the Tundra
Looking at Mount Evans to Torreys Peak crest line from the Tundra
James Peak and Mount Bancroft from theTundra 1
James Peak and Mount Bancroft from theTundra 2
James Peak and Mount Bancroft from theTundra 


10:10 來到一條ATV(All-terrain vehicle)車道,此處距登山口約2哩,近半程;穿過ATV(All-terrain vehicle)車道後不久來到一處沼澤地,在此遇到一位超越我們的登山客,他說他來剛從墨西哥上來,到今天已開了一萬一千多英哩的車,出來主要是爬山,他還要一路開回加拿大。
The wetland below James false summit
The wetland below James false summit
Alpine Avens
Alpine Avens
Wildflowers along the trail 5
Wildflowers along the trail 

10:30 涉過沼澤地後步道面對的是一大片雪原(海拔約12, 000 / 3,658公尺),原登山步道全被雪原蓋住無跡可尋,只好憑三年前的記憶抓準方向切過雪原,約有百來公尺寬吧!
Hike to James' false summit
Hike to James' false summit
James Peak false summit from east slope 1
James Peak false summit from east slope 2
James Peak false summit from east slope 


11:00 接回登山步道,然後一路在James Peak的東面山坡字形挺進,沿途南眺Mount EvansMount BierstadtGrays Peak
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