enjoyable three day trip with a strong group up Skytop basin and the southwest couloir. The upper basin in beautiful but lots of talus hopping. We had great weather but I suspect there will not be many more summits this season. Armed with numerous trip reports, we had no difficulty with route finding. The SW Couloir (ramp) has plenty of loose rock and we were relieved that there were no other parties on the mountain. There are a couple of ropes in place right now that were helpful on the down climb. This route reminded me a lot of the Hourglass couloir route on Little Bear in Colorado.
Fantastic route. Camped the night prior at the Lady of the Lake TH and hiked up the next day with Greg Jagielski. We took a short cut bypassing the Aero Lakes by sticking to Sky Top Creek drainage. Possibly saved a couple miles RT and some elevation gain. See GPS track on Peakbagger http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=543029. The potential of thunderstorms motivated us to hurry a bit and we reached to summit in just over 5 1/2 hours. Roundtrip hiking was 26 miles in 10 hours 22 min.
Camped at Rough Lake, 2-3 hrs from there to summit with good weather, no snow or ice. Take 2nd col past the big slab off to your right.
Great route to avoid exposure and difficult rock. Camped at the lake at 10,800 feet making summit day easy. This was my last state highpoint of any difficulty. Just some easy walk-up/drive-ups to go.
Second Summit of this mountain. Great conditions on climb day. Had thunder and lightning with hail the night before...and lots of goats. Bucket loads of water on Froze to Death Plateau. Snow bridge is gone.
Took the SW Ramp up on the morning of the 14th which was absolutely beautiful. My oldest brother did the majority of the route finding which had only minor difficulties along the way. I had no idea that there would be technical moves involved but it was such a fun experience that I can't wait to tackle another mountain like it. With Mt. Borah (Idaho) being my only other state highpoint, this was a fun second step. Gannett Peak in Wyoming has my eyes on it!
Hiked into the Sky Top basin the first night, headed for the summit the second day. Had a nice break in weather, and we headed up the SW "ramp" as it is described in several trip reports. VERY fun and challenging climb up the ramp, some places there were fixed ropes which were a nice help. We may have lost the correct route near the top, as we had some 4th class moves that were pretty exposed. Once we gained the ridge that connects to the summit ridge, it was easy going. Beautiful skies and a terrific view!
Summited with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides via the froze-to-death plateau approach. Outstanding weather and a perfect summit day for my first truly technical highpoint. Fun gang of state highpointers.
Dayhike in perfect October weather. The top is indeed solid 4th class, and fun, though the approach is a slog. Trip report.
Read some great trip reports and hooked up w/SP's Redwic, hubby Photo61guy and Kevin for this climb from Lady of the Lakes Trailhead up the SW Ramp. Watched the weather closely and ended up delaying our trip in by 2 days, hoping the snow that fell the week before had melted enough. Most of the snow had melted however there was ice up the "Ramp" and easily 12" of snow up the summit ridge. Made for an exciting trip! Easily the most beautiful approach hike in that I have experienced in 40+ years of enjoying the outdoors as we had clear skies and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Would go back again to take non-climbing friends up to the Skytop Basin. A few mountain goats at our camp and bear and moose tracks by the Lady of the Lakes but no sightings. Thanks Redwic for letting us come along!
This was my 48th and final State Highpoint in the Contiguous USA. Joel, Alison, and Kevin were all great climbing partners. We summited via the "Southwest Ramp" approach... which I totally endorse and recommend despite the less-than-ideal icy conditions we experienced.
Left Lady of the Lake trailhead in the morning and made the summit that evening via the southwest ramp.
Long approach to high camp on a day of gale force winds. But had beautiful skies. Perfect summit day. Nobody else around. Climbed with Dustin, his third summit and my first summit but second try. Awesome adventure.
Standard route, from Mystic Lake
Climbed on my b-day it was great.
Standard Route from standard high camp as a 4 day trip/climb with JHMG. 2 nights before, 1 night after the summit climb and down on the 4th day. Great climb, mountain goats would not leave us alone at high camp! Got down from summit to high camp just in time to avoid a hailstorm. Beautiful hike up, but quite a haul!
Climbed via the Sky Top basin and SW coulior. Back pack in was tiring with tons of boulders, stream crossings, and lakes. We camped at the first Sky top lake, just above Rough Lake. Summit day was uneventful on the way up. There was a lot of loose rock in the chute. Although the scrambling is straight forward for experienced climbers, the loose rock is a serious issue. I would consider a helmet mandatory. Climbers should take care if they are in large groups or there are multiple groups in the coulior. We had the chute to ourselves, but it would have been VERY DANGEROUS if there are multiple groups in the chute at the same time. It is definitely a bowling alley. Found one rope and one webbing anchor in the chute. The rope appeared damaged and frayed. We did not use either anchor. Made it to the summit and back to camp in 6 hours. Packed up and hiked back to car in same day as summit. Rained on us the entire way out. We ran into a black bear on the trail near the Grouse Creek Jeep Trail and Lady of the Lake trail junction. There was about 50 feet between us and the bear. The bear ran away and wanted nothing to do with us, but still it was a nervous moment
Great climb with my brothers. Tried this peak one other time and got turned back from bad conditions on the standard route from West rosebud. Coming in on Sky Top Creek and up the Southwest Couloir is the way to go. I will be back again!
Climbed with several family members Labor Day weekend. Stood on top at 2:00 PM with no clouds and no wind. Perfect day. The loose rock in the couloir is DANGEROUS. Take cover if anyone above you is moving in the couloir. Make sure people below you are taking cover if you are moving in the couloir.
This peak is way intense. class 4 climbing and rappelling at its finest!!