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Scott Wesemann

Scott Wesemann - Mar 29, 2005 1:04 pm

Route Climbed: Date Climbed: Aug 04  Sucess!

This was one of my most memorable trips ever. Craig and I started at Henry's Fork around 2:00 in the afternoon. We made good time and we stopped for a break at a small lake past Dollar. After some food and brew, we hiked up a chute on the West side. There was a lot of loose rock, but it was not difficult. We reached the top of the chute and it was getting dark and we coud see a storm moving in. We found s small depression and hunkered down in the Bivy sacks to wait out the storm. It was getting dark and we decided to stay there for the night. The storm moved in and we witnessed nature at her best throwing bolt after bolt of lightning on the high peaks. I have never seen so much lightning in one place. We were getting nervous, but we had no place to go. We then got blasted with rain, sleet, hail and snow for the next couple of hours. My bivy filled up with snow/hail, as I left the an opening to keep some air flowing (mistake) I was wet and cold and the night was just starting. At about 3:00 AM we decided to go for Gilberts summit so we could warm up. We headed up with full packs and dropped them at the saddle. We reached the summit at about 5:00 AM. It was windy and cold and we could see the sun starting to come up. We headed back down and picked up the packs. After a brief rest we were off to Gunsight peak. We took the full packs and reached the summit about 8:00 AM. The views were great I was worried about the descent on the South side. There was a lot of loose rock and scree. We started the descent and were going to head over to West Gunsight and Kings, but the descent wiped me out, so I told Craig to meet me at Anderson Pass. Craig climbed West GS, Kings and we met up and set up camp. We were both tired and considered climbing more peaks the next day, but we got pounded by another storm that lasted most of the night and in the morning we decided that we were done, as the mountain gods were not with us. We spent the morning trying to dry out and then we hiked back to Henry's Fork and found a ride back to civilization, as our ride was not supposed to pick us up for a few more days.


PellucidWombat - Feb 4, 2004 8:29 pm

Route Climbed: The gulley from Henry Fork Date Climbed: September 1999  Sucess!

Nice hike, although I did have to sit out a hailstorm out in the open up there, and the lightning got frighteningly close. There's no where to hide in the bleak flat tundra plain near the summit!

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