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MorlowEasier than expected  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2010


Climbed on a beautiful September day in 2010. After reading Thomas Turiano's description of the route I was expecting some excitement on the way up but there was none to be found. It was a beautiful climb nonetheless!
Posted Feb 19, 2015 9:08 pm

jdarr67Bear Creek Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2012


Climbed it.
Posted May 2, 2014 6:00 pm

awhite28Sphinx  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2013


Great solo climb. Went up the Bear Creek side and down the middle fork. LOTS of bear tracks on the middle fork side.
Posted Sep 8, 2013 1:04 pm

MTfred19West gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2012


The loop hike up and over Helmet Saddle and down the other side - including an ascent of Sphinx Mountain - is one of the greatest possible day hikes known to mankind.
Posted Sep 11, 2012 4:06 pm

JLuthanenScenic beyond scenic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011


From the views of the Madison Valley, to the saddle connected to the Helmet, this hike was all smiles. Good hiking buddy, fun snowfield to cross at the top ... weather was stellar. Knife edge southern exposure towards top was sketchy but fun
Posted Jul 3, 2012 10:25 pm

mansfieoSphinx  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2011


1st time in the Madisons and in any mountains in Montana. Montana is a cool place.
Posted Nov 1, 2011 5:02 pm

WoollytheMammothBeautiful fall day  Sucess!


Last good weekend of 2010. Beautiful day, could see as far as the Tetons to the south and Pilot Peak to the east.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 2:12 am

gatoSphinx Ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2010


Climbed and skied the west face. It's a sad day when the best turns are wind-blasted ice...
Posted Apr 23, 2010 10:45 am

ianc82Amazing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2009


Epic day without many clouds. One of the most memorable scrambles from this past summer.
Posted Nov 28, 2009 3:11 am

geoseanWest Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2008


Great snow climb, went up the gully and ridge just South of it to the summit ridge, then down to Helmet saddle and out. Saw a griz in the lower meadow.
Posted Oct 7, 2009 3:25 pm

BondRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed (approx): June 2002


The first peak that I ever tagged. While in the gully, a small runoff creek slowly formed as we hiked, which was apparently a daily routine. Such a neat occurence and a really beautiful hike.
Posted Sep 8, 2009 11:27 pm

samhWalkin' Uphill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009


What a great summit. Gain the saddle on a Friday night, camp out. Wake up, make some coffee, summit an hour or two later, leave, hike out the loop down Bear Creek and be home in the evening. Views are great, summit is nice. Get out there and bag it!
Posted Aug 3, 2009 1:08 am

ivyonupCamped at top  Sucess!


This was a nice hike to the top. Nothing too difficult, but worth the effort. We camped at the saddle and had a gorgeous view of the stars and the night sky.
Posted May 5, 2009 11:08 am

gbrillNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2008


My buddy Dave and I climbed the peak via the northwest ridge. A good hike, summited in about four hours with whiteout conditions. The whiteout gave it a very surreal feeling.
Posted Sep 7, 2008 1:19 am

wyomtmanStandard Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2006


Unique mountain, great hike with my buddy Alex. Ice next time.
Posted Dec 18, 2007 5:47 pm

Alcas24Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


Somewhat easier than I expected. The Helmet is a very impressive formation. Maybe another day...
Posted Sep 2, 2007 1:04 am

gatoLowe Direct  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2006


Epic alpine route on a huge north face. Only took something like 5 tries to hit the right conditions...
Posted Aug 21, 2007 12:21 am

MoabPeakBaggerclimbed (along with helmet)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2004


Climbed this peak along with the Helmet. Better views from the Sphinx, but more exciting climbing on the Helmet.
Posted Jun 9, 2007 8:41 pm

HamiltonLowe Direct  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2006


Thanks to low snow conditions and fat ice, Garrett Stevens and I managed to climb the complete North Face via the Lowe Direct. It's an incredible route when it's in. Be careful on the approach - I kicked off a small slab avalanche and took a ride before I managed to jump off the moving slab.
Posted May 10, 2007 1:52 am

b.No Ice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006


Looking for early season ice on the north face. Nothing there, so we hiked to the summit. Second time hauling my ice gear up there for nothing.
Posted Oct 9, 2006 8:08 pm

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