We camped one night at 9200' in a saddle where we found what appeared to be an old hunting camp. Perfect place carved out for a tent. Apparently we braved a tornado in the night, which gave way to incredible looking weather patterns, high winds, an inversion, and a gorgeous sunrise the next day. We had plenty of calls on our cell phones when we got back to the truck telling us about the tornado reported on Diamond Peak. We had no indication that we were going to be hit with a storm the day before- great day, a bit windy, but otherwise great.
This was my favorite 12'er by far. A great scramble.
This mountain is awesome! Rode on bike from Idaho Falls, slept under the stars, and on Sunday climbed up all the way to the mighty summit via the east ridge. I set off at 9 and reached the top by 1 PM. On my way up I must have met the climber kdonaldson and his friend. The weather was perfect and the views were magnificent. The walk to the top-most summit felt like walking in the heaven. The air was thin and I found it little bit hard to breathe. This is the highest peak I have ever visited in my life. I can still feel my stiff legs and feet. Thank you, Diamond Peak, for letting me safely to your summit!
On our first attempt of the east ridge in Nov 2008, we turned back just as we were entering into the crux. Cold, wind and loose snow on rock was not fun. This time - what a massive difference. The weather couldn't have been better. We summited in 4 hours hit the summit at 9 am with almost no wind, and 49 degrees. So nice we spent 40 minutes up there before heading down (3 hours to get down). An extremely enjoyable scramble. My 7th of 9 idaho 12'ers. Last 2 are church and donaldson. Diamond is probably the most technical of the 9 in my opinion.
revenge is sweet
Climbed with Zach V. We came up from the west instead of the standard East Ridge route. From this side the mountain is a crumbling mess of loose scree and dirt. It takes an exhausting amount of effort just to reach the ridge leading to the summit because the scree is SO bad. I cannot emphasize enough how ROTTEN the rock is on the southwest ridge. The rest of the hike is great though. We were the only ones on top.
My good friend, Scott Smith, and I climbed the east ridge in hit and miss weather. We had a fantastic day on a spectacular summit. This was my first time in the Lemhi Range and it was well worth it.
Okay it wasn't "technically" winter, but it had all the qualities! Started up the East Ridge route at noon and summitted at 5:00 PM. No visibility on upper 2000'. We were plowing through waist deep snow at times. No views, but still well worth the effort!!
A good combination of climbing and route decisions keeps you fully engaged, making Diamond an effort I enjoyed very much.
Climbed the east ridge on a warm day. This is a very enjoyable mountain because of the solid rock and fun scrambling. Almost all of the ridge was dry except for the top which had snow.
Great climb with Dennis, Duane, and Grant. Fun scrambling, but it was not fun dodging the hail on the way down. And that storm came up and then completely disappeared within about 30 minutes or so. Otherwise perfect weather. Amazing!
Nice climb with Bob, Duane, and Grant. Hail and lightning before we could get back to the car.
very windy day. Enjoyable scramble.
I finnaly got around to climbing this one after looking at from Idaho Falls for the last six months. the morning started off with really bad electrical storms, but I got a break in the weather about 10:00, and made my bid. topped out by 4:30 under clear blue skys. this one had some fun scrambling near the top.
It was a hot and long day on the mountain. The late start didn't help and my sense of direction was FUBAR as well. But I made to the summit for my first solo 12'er. It was a great learning experience...mostly what not to do.
East Ridge and finished off with The Riddler and Big Boy peak.
Fun, short, but steep hike to the top of this one. Great views of the Tetons far to the east....
Was a great day on a great mountain, the east ridge just keeps on going and going. We set a quick pace to try and beat the thunderstorms, but they never materialized. Here’s a write up and some photos.
I finally made it up this one after looking at it daily for many years. It is a great class 3 with a great view on cloudless/smokeless days like today!
Fisrt Idaho peak I've climbed. Beautiful day, a few minor snowfields left.
Probably the easiest of Idaho's 12ers. It took us a mere 1 hr hour 45 minutes to summit. We went over on the same ridge and did the more interesting Riddler and that took quite a bit longer given we tried a circuit descent and got cliffed several times.