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ianc82Smoky View, still rewarding.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

ianc82

My friend James and I departed Bozeman around 11 am, took the Beaver Creek 222 trail and camped near a pond at treeline Just below the notch which separates the 2 basins around 8:30 PM. Next day we left camp late around 9 am and ultimately climbed via the east ridge. But had but much trouble finding the proper route. Finally found it. The 3 or 4 moves traversing over the gully was indeed a bit scary due to exposure. But, the 5.2 slab traverse was much easier than I had anticipated. Do plenty of hand tapping as there are a few loose rocks.
Posted Sep 18, 2012 12:13 am

JLuthanenLate night hike = no bueno
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2012

JLuthanen

Trying to be a weekend warrior meant attempting the hike in after a regular work day on a Friday night. Trying to triangulate peaks via headlamp after having lost the trail in snow was not a good start. Camped at the lake. Hiked up the bowl over Avalanche Lake and hike 5 lesser 10K peaks the next AM, saw Hilgard, but was too far away from the summit (hiked up the wrong side of the bowl) by the time we realized it. Pinnacles look intimidating and next effort will be done with more safety gear
Posted Jul 4, 2012 12:18 am

gatoRoute Climbed: East Ridge via Papoose Creek Date Climbed: May 15, 2005  Sucess!

gato

Fantastic day in the mountains, no one but us out there. Some scary moments up high, but well worth it for the view from the top.
Posted Sep 20, 2005 8:15 pm

bakcastRoute Climbed: E Ridge - appraoch from Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!

bakcast

What a great mountain! Exciting scrambling with gutwrenching exposure on the traverse just below the summit. This mountain is very remote - from any direction, it is one of the roughest approaches in MT.
Posted Aug 22, 2005 11:58 am

mtnsavyRoute Climbed: E Ridge Date Climbed: Nov 1997
Attempt on E Ridge from Avalanche Lake. Returned home with nothing more to brag about than respect from two hunters for having had spent several nights in brutal conditions.
Posted Jun 21, 2005 2:21 am

b.Route Climbed: East Ridge via Papoose Creek Date Climbed: May 15, 2005  Sucess!

b.

Second attempt from a rarely used approach. We took skis both times but didn't need them much this May. A worthy climb and a good day in the mountains despite being chased out by gathering clouds and rain on the hike out.
Posted Jun 8, 2005 7:34 pm

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