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kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: West Ridge/Southwest Face Date Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!

kdonaldson

The weather in the LR area was very unstable this weekend. Driving up friday night, it was clear that there was new snow from the recent storms moving through the state, and there were random cloud burst on the way up the valley. We left the trailhead at 6:30 saturday morning (my buddy Brandon, Eric L and myself). We made good time, making Saddle in 3 hrs. It started snowing lightly around 8000 ft. The gully to the saddle was nice and consolidated. By the time we reached the saddle, it was snowing harder, and blowing. It was hard to tell the difference between snow and spindrift. Visibility continued to decrease to about 60 ft or so at the summit.



There was a lot of snow, and we stuck as close to the ridge as possible due to the wind loading. About 700 ft below the summit, Brandon started getting leg cramps. A gave him a gu pack and a potassium tablet, but he decided to wait for us back at our last rest stop. We had radios, so we kept in touch that way until we met up again on the way down. It took us another 3 hours from the saddle to get to the summit. Eric and I signed the summit log, snapped a couple of photos with the amo box (the only thing to see), and started to head down. Once we dropped below the saddle, it started easing up again. We arrived back at the trailhead at 4 pm under clear skies, but cold (9.5 hours total time). The storm was still over the peak. A great mountaineering challenge!

Posted Apr 11, 2005 2:05 pm

patascentSouthwest Face
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2002

patascent

Great climb. Last one of Idaho's nine 12,000 ft. peaks. Guess it's time to start on the 11,000's.
Posted Apr 6, 2005 4:55 pm

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: West Ridge/Southwest Face Date Climbed: 8/17/2003  Sucess!

IdahoSummits

My last 12er, summited with SP member jjust (also Jim's last 12er as well).



Cool scramble, with route-finding, scree sliding, ledges, and more...
Posted May 7, 2004 3:24 pm

IdahoClimberRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 13, 2003  Sucess!

IdahoClimber

This peak rocks! After a successful climb the day before on Donaldson it was time to tackle Idaho.



I soon found out the best way to climb this peak is to stick to the right hand side most of the way. From there was a nice scramble up to the saddle and a spectacular view of Borah Peak.



The final scramble proved to be just a rewarding and the views are incredible. Made the roundtrip in under 6 hours. 4 up, 2 down.



Stick to the scree field and you fly . . . .
Posted Nov 24, 2003 3:27 pm

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