Chief Mountain (MT) Climber's Log

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Wheelbarrow

Wheelbarrow - Jan 21, 2017 12:34 am Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2015

Best Summer of my Life  Sucess!

Hiking through the "devastation zone" was a real treat as I was treated to the biggest rocks I've ever seen. And that ridge walk though.

We followed the West Slope route as outlined by Edwards in his book.

Dansmlgnp

Dansmlgnp - Mar 19, 2016 8:07 pm

Chief and family   Sucess!

Summer 2015 with Sean, Xenja, and Daniel D. Hiked into Otatso Creek and up Gable pass from Slide lake. Also went up Papoose, and Ninaki before heading up Chief. Great day and a great start to the 2015 season.

awhite28

awhite28 - Jul 16, 2014 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2014

Oil Road  Sucess!

We took the Humble Oil Road up and then the patchy trail around the mountain to the saddle where the southwest slope route starts. I'm not sure why that trail isn't mentioned on this page but it's definitely the way to go! A morning rainstorm took a lot of the smoke out of the air. We weren't sure if Chief was going to let us go (it said no last year) but the skies cleared and we got the go-ahead!

Pewma

Pewma - Oct 15, 2013 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2011

The Chief  Sucess!

I climbed this mountain when I was working at Glacier in 2011 and it immediately became one of my favorites. I especially loved the Bison Skull and the moose and deer antlers on top as well as all the offerings

mountaingazelle

mountaingazelle - Sep 18, 2013 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013

Chief  Sucess!

I saw Chief Mountain for the first time many years ago and knew I had to come back and climb it. There was a lot of debris from mudslides, large boulders and scree that had fallen from the mountain over time. We had perfect weather and great views on this day.

TwaMontana

TwaMontana - Jul 30, 2013 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2013

Wonderful Day  Sucess!

Fun walk, awful scramble up the talus, fun climb.

ManyGlacierMountaineer

ManyGlacierMountaineer - Feb 24, 2013 6:46 pm

THE CHIEF  Sucess!

2009 - w/ Anders Olson, Tyler Trudeau, George Handuc and Ely Behrhorst.
2010 - w/ Meghan McCarthy, Jacob Oftedahl, Tyler Haasch, Kent Lockman and Cory Mark.
2011 - w/ Heidi Sauerland, Rachel Heiken, Julie Nelson, Nate Huff and Ruel Golding
2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa, Joshua Terry and Erik Lokensgard

1st 3 times via Lee Ridge/Gable Pass, 4th time via Humble Oil Road. (Blackfoot Land Use Permit required).

WOLFrising

WOLFrising - Jan 2, 2013 2:43 am

The Climb that heals all  Sucess!

Summer 2012

Climbed this peak with Sean, Xenja, and Erik. It was my first climb back after becoming very sick for the first few weeks at Many. We bought permits at Duck Lake and took the route beginning at the conclusion of the Humble Oil Road. Great route, the downsides were getting over my illness, climbing with a broken hand, and seeing a kid almost die on the huge scree field. Thanks for the assist on the Class IV moves, Sean!

FlatheadNative

FlatheadNative - Oct 11, 2012 12:49 am Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2012

Chief in a robe of snow  Sucess!

Summited in winter conditions with 6 others climbers. Incredible bluebird day with 6 to 16 inches of snow on the level with even more in the boulder fields.

RoryKuykendall

RoryKuykendall - Oct 22, 2011 2:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2011

Lee Ridge Approach  Sucess!

Great climb with great people. Another beautiful day in Glacier. It was my first time on Lee Ridge and I was stunned by the spectacular views in all directions.

sanfordstone

sanfordstone - Sep 14, 2011 1:21 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005

Augusts  Sucess!

August 27, 2005 for Howard Hillhouse Stone

again in 2011, for Chris Street

Waterton

Waterton - Aug 13, 2011 9:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2010

Family climb   Sucess!

Climbed with my brother and his son, my older sister, her husband and two boys, and my younger sister.

Grew up with the North face staring at us every day. It was grand to see the view from up there.

dacom

dacom - Aug 28, 2010 5:28 pm

Great day  Sucess!

We climbed Chief with a Blackfeet Tribal member - it was a wonderful day!!

FlatheadNative

FlatheadNative - Jul 12, 2010 12:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010

Awesome!  Sucess!

I was proviledged to climb with a Blackfoot tribal member. The connection the tribe has with this mountain is incredible. We started from the northeast through the north scree fields and finally to the saddle between Ninaki and Chief. From there we joined the Southwest Slope Route.

EarMountain

EarMountain - May 25, 2010 3:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2010

Chief Mountain- 2nd Climb  Sucess!

2010 with Laurel, Ron and other GMS members. Lightning shortened the summit stay.

2003 with Bill, John, April, Bud, Martin via Lee Ridge approach. Smoky skies prevented good views.

distressbark

distressbark - Sep 28, 2009 1:13 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2009

Lee Ridge approach  Sucess!

long, fantastic approach from Lee Ridge Trail (trailhead is 1/2 mile south of Belly River Customs). found climber's trail south of Gable Pass and took it to large talus field south of Ninaki Papoose and The Squaw. tedious traverse around the two, but after that, a well-worn trail can be followed up the west scree slopes of Chief. found notch in north ridge described by Gordon Edwards, and followed another great trail from there. sketchiest part of the climb was up the actual summit block; group tried a couple different ways up, but never found anything easier than class III/class IV. amazing summit. astounding views of the entire park to the south and west. truly a privilege to be up there.

jimegan

jimegan - Feb 6, 2008 1:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1996

CHIEF MTN  Sucess!

CLIMBED WITH "LITTLE BROTHER" JAMIE MICHAELS PASSING N AND AROUND TO W FACE FOUND COW SCULL ON SUMMIT!

DATE UNCERTAIN - RETURNED WITH VERN INGRAHAM OF WHITEFISH AND CLIMBED VIA THE PARK BOUNDARY SWATH WHICH WAS QUITE A BUSHWACK OVER DOWNED TREES FROM THE COLLAPSE OF MUCH OF THE EAST FACE

chilkoot

chilkoot - May 23, 2006 2:15 am

An amazing peak!  Sucess!

Followed the boundary swath between GNP and the Blackfeet Reservation, then hiked up the West Slope route. I love this peak for its location on the edge of the Rockies and the Great Plains. Gordon Edwards had signed into the summit register a day or two before I did and I was bummed to have missed the chance to meet him. At age 20, this was the most serious summit I had attained at the time.

vanman798

vanman798 - Apr 28, 2005 3:48 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Slope Route Date Climbed: August 8, 2005

Bagged the peak for the third time on August 8, 2005. The trail to the base was a bit harder to follow since the piece fall off the front of Chief in the early 90's(?). In fact we lost the trail for a while on the return hike. The instructions and directions on this site were very helpful.



I've climbed this mountain three times, once in 1978, and again in 1979 and most recently in August 2005.



Both times I went up in the 1970's, as a kid, I went with my mom, and brother and a group of folks lead by Bob Low of Cardston.

Fred Spicker

Fred Spicker - Apr 1, 2005 10:47 pm

Route Climbed: Southern East Face Date Climbed: Summer 1971  Sucess!

Climbed with Bill and Paul Bishop. Great day - Great Route.

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