There was a fire at the base of the canyon and west ridge that had just been put out and was still smoking a bit. It rained a bit while camping at the trailhead overnight so I decided to go for it. Fun scramble up the first gully and rib on the summit formation, not as loose as I anticipated.
Eight hour leisurely day climb from camp at Basinger Creek.
The skeletal white bark pine trees along the lower section of the route where highlight of the day, but loved the scramble to the summit along the central, then right ribs.
Climbed Medusa and the Knoll the following day (great!) and Foss Mtn on the way home - good recovery hike.
Fantastic hike. Kind of a miserable slog gaining the west ridge, but from there pretty awesome.
Will get another shot... I hope anyway
Nice summit block scramble. Good climb, good company!
The smoke killed my lungs as well as the views. other then that the climing was a fun sustained class 3 scramble for the final 900feet.This climb had a bit of everything from a forested trail to a forested class 2 hill slog to alpine scrambling. the register was missing though and kind of a shame after hearing about the history it contained. anyway it was another great day in the hills about 9 hours round trip.
Climbing with calebEOC and Troy B.
Climbed with calebEOC, he listed the details below. Loved the finish of this beautiful quartz peak.
We camped near the cabin in Basinger Canyon as this was the only part of the canyon where we could find water. Started at 4am to avoid any trouble with afternoon thunderstorms which built up each of the three days we were hiking in this area. Gaining the upper ridge was fairly mundane and went quickly, scrambling up the bell however was one of the more entertaining climbs I have done. Route wasnt as steep as it looks from the valley floor. We were in the shade for the entirety of the ascent thanks to the giant shadow cast by the summit formation.
after getting turned back by some worrisome snow conditions in 2009, I had been biding my time to get back to finish this one. This time it was all dry. Very fun scramble up the west face. Exciting but never too exposed. I think this is one of Idaho's best scrambles. With a 4wd you can drive to 7600 feet in Basinger canyon. No one else around
Twice up it; first sometime back in maybe 1980 and a wonderful trip back up in 2008; both up the southwest facing gully.
We took a hike up the ridge for a good day of snowshoeing, we'll come back for the summit another day.
Climbed from Basinger Canyon up to the West Ridge, the up steep warming snow up the west face. One of the most challenging climbs I’ve done. Here’s a trip-report and some photos.
Fun snow climb
Hiked up Bell Mountain canyon. Gained east ridge, climbed quartz filled gully just to the east of due south.
From Black tail canyon.
Deep spring snow most of the way made the going somewhat slow, even with snowshoes. Went with IdahoClimber, FastandLight, and KDonaldson
Fun class 2-3 hike up the gulley. One of my favorites. Saw a large herd of elk North of the Summit.
Scrambled up from Bell Mountain Canyon. Steep scramble, very loose in spots, but nice and firm on summit block. A little exposure here and there, but a nice, challenging climb. What a fantastic mountain!