Due to a couple warm spring days (Mackay was HI 72, LO 48) we got our butts kicked postholing through a thin crust over rotten snow down low. Once we reached the choke point of the Super Gully the snow was solid enough to walk on. The final traverse to the summit was drier than I was expecting, so it was nice not having to cross anything sketchy (other than the wall-hugging crux). Snowboarding down was just amazing- making turns in 6" of perfect corn. Due to heat the bottom consisted of tailpressing through a soupy mess, but it still beats walking!
We're normally a fast team but this was 5 hours to the false summit and 7 hours car-to-car.
After 2 unsuccessful winter accents d/t cornice on the ridge, I decided to do a summer scree slog. 5 hrs up, 2 down. Perfect day. Alone on the summit. 7/9 12er. Just Donaldson and Church stand in my way
Randy Hickman and I battled up the super gully to tag the summit of Lost River Peak on a perfect day for hiking. Tagging the top of Lost River Peak ended our quest of standing on top of all nine of Idaho's 12,000 foot peaks.
With Greg Jagielski and Donovan Lynch. Via the Super Gully which yielded about 2000' of snow climb on the ascent and 2000' of glissade on the descent. Awesome Mountain. Idaho 12er #4.
A little late in the year, but the snow field still offered us 1500 feet of good climbing in crampons. Also got to glissade most of the way back down which was an unexpected treat. About 100 yards up the draw from the trailhead was a family of what looked like 4 great horned owls.
Made my 3rd Idaho 12ker after 2nd attempt.
Went up 2 weeks earlier and was not able to make the
summit before a whiteout forced us back.
This try was perfect with excellent conditions for crampons and ice axe.
Glad to have this one in the bag.
It's late August, there's no snow at all... It was a miserable climb up but I had a great time flying down the scree.
Slightly less snow than I hoped, but still a good 700 or so vertical feet. It was very hard in the morning, perfect for climbing. By the time I got back, it was still too hard for real nice glissading, but I gave it a go anyway. What a gorgeous peak.
Thankful to find a 700 foot patch of snow still exists in the Super Gully.
Not a whole lot of snow on the mountain, but plenty of snow still filling the chute. Pretty amazing climb!
Great trip, could have used a bit more snow in the Super Gully, but it was a blast anyway. Summit was beautiful, one of my favorites to date!
Fantastic day via the Super Gully. We counted a total of 9 people on the route, including our group of 3. That has to be some kind of record for LRP! 4th 12er.
The wind sucked but kept the snow cold and stable. The summit ridge looked worse than I imagined but we took our time and wasn't to bad after all. Able to glissade over 2,000 feet down. Three more 12'ers to go.
Even with an early start snow softened up so we did a belay on the way down the super gulley. This is a very popular snowclimb/ski descent.
We did the route to the south of super gully.
The scree was a nightmare in the gully. It felt like we were losing ground going up. The scree skiing on the way down was excellent though!
Super fun climb and a great day in the mountains. the rock was quite solid for Lost River standards, except for the final 500ft to the false summit.Climbed with Matt and Zack.
Mike Zach and I finally made it to the top. This was my 2nd attempt this year and Mike's 5th overall. Great conditions and the scree wasn't as bad as we thought it would be except just below the false summit where it was terrible. Exactly a year ago today Mike, Zach and I climbed Breitenbach.
Very steep and direct mountain. Terrible scree pile in gully though. Took about 1,000 vert ft of good snow in gully. Then left to SE ridge. Main summit ridge was very exhilerating being so narrow with a knife-edge crest of snow going to the high point. Amazing.
still plenty of snow in the Supergully and up high. However, the snow was all rotten making for some tedious going.