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Beautiful but Deadly
My vote for the most stunning mountain in Greater Yellowstone, and also the one I find most alluring of its technical peaks. Enlarge for better viewing.

Pilot (left) and Index Peaks, two well-known Yellowstone-area landmarks, at dawn from the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming. Pilot Peak is a spire that rivals the Grand Teton itself in magnificence, and it is more difficult to climb. The easiest route is 5.6, but there is terrific exposure and terribly rotten rock, so bad that anyone but an expert climber may be putting himself at serious risk by setting and using protection here. Index is reputed to be about as difficult.

Both mountains are in the North Absaroka Wilderness, which is one of the largest and probably the wildest of this country's wilderness areas outside Alaska.

Absaroka Range, Wyoming-- July 2008

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cp0915New to Me...

cp0915

Voted 10/10

Never heard of this mountain, but wow!
Posted Nov 13, 2008 10:00 am

Bob SihlerRe: New to Me...

Bob Sihler

Hasn't voted

It's actually not one of the best-known among the peaks out there; unless you're up high, it's hard to see well except from certain spots along the Beartooth Highway, which is popular but not anywhere near as busy as the other gateways to Yellowstone. But it is one of those sights that almost causes car wrecks since you can't take your eyes from it.

Hey-- there's a good chance I'll be moving to Sin City by 2010, a slim chance I'll even do so by late next summer. So you might have to make good on those offers of showing me the backcountry of Zion and the hidden canyons of Death Valley!
Posted Nov 13, 2008 8:25 pm

cp0915Re: New to Me...

cp0915

Voted 10/10

Sounds great! I'd be more than happy to take you into the backcountry. I look forward to it.
Posted Nov 14, 2008 11:09 am

OlympicMtnBoyInspiring!

OlympicMtnBoy

Voted 10/10

That's a beauty Bob! I hope you are able to achieve your dream. I understand that passion of wanting a peak, perhaps for months or years, because I've felt that myself. There's a few in the Olympics I still want to do too. My wife should be in the states by January (YES!!!) and we are going out to WA in August to visit heaven on earth;)~No offense to the greater Yellowstone area;)
Posted Nov 14, 2008 9:40 am

Bob SihlerRe: Inspiring!

Bob Sihler

Hasn't voted

Thanks for the encouragement, Byron. And that's great news your wife will finally be here. Congratulations for your perseverance!
Posted Nov 16, 2008 10:37 am

TJ311Stunning!!

TJ311

Voted 10/10

Very nice shot!
Posted Nov 15, 2008 9:08 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Stunning!!

Bob Sihler

Hasn't voted

Thank you!
Posted Nov 16, 2008 10:37 am

BobSmithHow close...

BobSmith

Voted 10/10

to the summit can you get without having to worry about technical climbing?
Posted Nov 17, 2008 6:06 pm

Bob SihlerRe: How close...

Bob Sihler

Hasn't voted

You can get to within about 1000' of the summit before it gets technical. However, just getting up there involves some Class 4 on loose rock and some exposed traverses across scree. I hope someday I will have the guts and the skill to take on this peak.
Posted Nov 19, 2008 5:42 pm

mgrebe57Re; how close

mgrebe57

Hasn't voted

My family has summer cabins 3 miles east of Cooke City and directly across from Pilot and Index, So every summer since i was a kid I'd look up and say I,m going to climb that some day. Several times we climbed to "Rams Pasture" which is the meadow between the two Peaks, but thats as far as we got. 2 years ago we climbed Republic Pass fairly easy. So I had one of my brothers talked into it. If I could find the best route. We will still try to see how close to the top we can get, but thanks to this web site and your comments we won't get summit fever or do anything too stupid, thanks
Posted Jul 15, 2011 4:43 pm

Bob SihlerRe: Re; how close

Bob Sihler

Hasn't voted

Have fun! Just getting up to the pasture and the pass must be nice. I envy those summer views!
Posted Jul 23, 2011 2:41 pm

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