My seventh summit of Ben Lomond, and my third solo ascent of it. I didn't summit until just after sunset, but it was still pretty. Super cold and almost a foot of snow from around the saddle up. I spent maybe 15 minutes on the summit and couldn't handle the wind any longer. Very icy on top. I climbed it last year on October 29th and there was only maybe a few inches of snow, nothing compared to this.
This was an attempt for Willard Peak with Jake Griffin. Since he only did Ben Lomond last time and I went on to Willard Peak solo he felt he missed out and wanted to get the county highpoint with me this time. It was a failure to summit Willard as we reached the summit of Ben Lomond and he decided he was satisfied with that once again. We at least hiked down to the northern saddle of Ben Lomond just to go a little further for fun, and it was fun. We then turned around, summited Ben Lomond once more and started the descent well after the sunset.
I took my friend Jake Griffin to the summit of Ben Lomond, as he's always wanted to reach the top since he's been looking up at it for 21 years. He was satisfied with Ben Lomond, but I wanted to reach the county highpoint for the second time and pushed on solo to Willard Peak. This took me longer than I thought, and I got back to the summit of Ben Lomond right before dark where Jake was waiting. He was very cold and wanted to descend immediately as I got there but I made him wait probably an hour while I rested and took in the view once more. I saw at least two dozen goats, many deer and bats. We got down around 1 A.M. On another note, this climb took place exactly one year after I summited King's Peak on 8/4/18
We hit Ben Lomond on the way to Willard Peak and then again on the way back down. I was with Brek Grover and my friend Parker Harris. There was actually still a lot of snow for nearly being July. We saw four rattlesnakes of different colors and 8 gopher snakes. I saw one of the largest grouse I've seen and some fat squirrels. It was a very long day, taking almost 11 hours!
I decided I needed to summit something before flying back south to my grandma's house in Oklahoma at 3:00 A.M. the next morning. This was my third ascent of the mountain and my second solo ascent. I started late and got down a little after 11 P.M. having hardly any time to sleep at all. I remember a bit of snow that I had to find my way through on the east face, which was worse coming down in the dark. I watched the sunset from the summit
My second ascent of this mountain. It was also my first solo ascent of Ben Lomond
My first summit of Ben Lomond. Our expedition was lead by Brek Grover, and my mother and little sister joined us.
excellent weather - cool, breezy and clear atmosphere. Nice autumn hike.
We climbed Ben Lomond from Ogden Canyon. There was a lot of snow even though we approached it from the south. We had a lot of fun glissading down a bunch of different snowfields. The snow got really sketchy on the last approach. Realistically we needed an ice axe and crampons to traverse across but picked our lines carefully and managed to summit with just microspikes. Definitely not recommended, though. Awesome views from the top and well worth it though. A total of about 5500 feet of gain and 18 miles.
Summited twice, once on the way to Willard Peak and then again on the return. Tons of snow and snakes. On the ridge line between Ben Lomond and Willard Peak we saw 8 gopher snakes and 4 rattlers! All ranging above 9 thousand feet and hanging out very near snow. Very fun but long day! Climbed with Kaden Robinson and his friend Parker.
There was still tons of snow even in June on the southern facing standard route so it made for a long and sketchy day. Beautiful views the whole day and especially from the top. It's not advisable to do this peak without crampons and an ice axe but you can manage with microspikes if you don't mind traversing down into a steep loose gully and up steep snow to gain the southwest facing ridge to the summit. Fun day with great people in the end!
I approached Ben Lomond from Willard Basin and summited Willard Peak first.
Climbed up with a friend, still a decent amount of snow at the top. Saw one other group heading down and a couple others behind us
Up Barrett Ridge with the utah climbing club
Had a fun run up with Grant. Still a decent bit of snow on the summit approach which made things interesting. We didn't see anyone else anywhere near the summit. Great views and perfect weather. Ran down quick but easy controlled in about 55 minutes.
No problem getting to the top of Ben Lomand, but Willard is a whole different story. Too much altitude loss after Ben Lomand and the trying to regain ascending Willard on slippery footing with no trail. No goats today but did see a marmot.
Started from North Fork Park. No moose, goat, or grouse sightings today. No need for crampons on these short snow crossings. The summit register notebooks are completely full. It needs new blank notebooks brought up.
Climbed with Kaden Robinson, Lindsey Robinson and Kiara Finn via North Ogden divide. Slow, but successful
Climbed Willard and Ben Lomond while mapping weeds. Two mountain Goats greeted us atop the peak. Great views. Went down the Ben Lomond trail to North Fork Park.
Spring snow climb, up the main south chute which opens up onto the south face. (edited from a previous unsuccessful attempt in January 2016)