Peak:  Casco Peak (13er)
 Route:  French/Frasco/Casco Combo
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  blazintoes
 Date of Info:  02/02/2021
 Date Posted:  02/03/2021

From IP closure via Lake Fork went up Lackawanna Gulch bisected Casco and Frasco BM then summited Casco via class 3/4 NW side because the snow was post hole hell on the leeward side. Fun scramble with crampons. Blasted over to Frasco staying on the ridge because again the unfriendly snow conditions. There are a few simple towers to scale. Crampons kept popping off then had one major malfunction where the springy instep bar came loose, bent and disassembled. Got it fixed on top of Frasco as the sun set. Bummer because I was really hoping to see the views from the top of French. Feels good to get er done and the weather was nice. Climbed back up Frasco then plunge stepped down the standard ascent/descent route for these peaks and my crampon was cooperative. Good hard long day with lotsa solo torture trenching. Pretty valley. Strava said 16 miles and 4,700 vertical but it felt like so much more.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Casco Frasco ridge#2) Solo torture trenching up Lackawanna Gulch#3) Class 3 right bad snow left#4) Bull Hill#5#6) Casco summit#7) Elks#8) 5:00 shadow time to go#9) Frasco simple towered ridge#10) Bye bye Casco#11) Bye bye sun#12) Sabertooths fixed#13) French from Frasco#14) Sebastian likes evening summits#15) Strava map

Comments or Questions

Looks fantastic
02/03/2021 18:49
Some great shots! Looks like fun!

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