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Garns Mtn, Piney Peak and Red Butte Idaho

 
Garns Mtn, Piney Peak and Red Butte Idaho

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Created/Edited: Aug 2, 2009 / Aug 5, 2009

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A 20 mile day

Normally I don't like to do anything above about 12 miles in a day simply because it pushes me beyond where I like to be. However, this year I have already had several 20 (or near 20) mile days and each time I do that distance I ask myself "WHY?"

In this case, I knew it would take a big effort to get the three peaks needed for claiming both Madison and Teton counties in Idaho and I was mentally prepared to deal with it. Adam Helman from San Diego was going to go after them and so I went to "tag" along. Dennis Poulin and myself had done two big efforts just a week earlier in picking off Big Baldy in Valley county, a 32 mile backpacking effort spread over three days and then an 18 mile dayhike of Snowyside Peak in the Sawtooth mountain range. I knew I could do the hike with Adam despite the fact that Adam is a lot faster and somewhat younger.

I met Adam at 6 a.m. at the trailhead and it wasn't until 7:30 p.m. when we saw the cars again. If you take out the 30 minutes each that we spent on the summits of the three peaks and several 5 to 10 minute rest breaks, we had an actual hiking time of under 12 hours. Since this is not meant to be a trip report, but rather a place where I can store the pictures until I can put together a SP mountain page, I'll not go into any more detail. Suffice it to say that we were pretty tired when we finally got back to our vehicles but it was a "happy" tired.

Dan Robbins wrote a Trip Report (see day 3) wherein he called it "The Endurance Challenge". His report was what really helped me to understand what we were going to face when Adam and I did this hike. Interestingly enough, he notes the distance as 22 miles and that might be a bit more accurate than what I ended up with.


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Piney Peak (ID)

Piney Peak (ID)

Piney Peak (ID)

Piney Peak (ID)

Red Butte\'s other summits

Red Butte's other summits

Idaho endurance effort

Idaho endurance effort

Blacktail Pass

Blacktail Pass

Rounded summit

Rounded summit

Our route up Piney

Our route up Piney

A key spot - Blacktail Pass

A key spot - Blacktail Pass

Garns Mtn (ID)

Garns Mtn (ID)

The Grand Teton

The Grand Teton

Red Butte (ID)

Red Butte (ID)

Adam on Garns Mountain

Adam on Garns Mountain

Trailhead

Trailhead




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