A nice ascent as there was still snow going up the gully, and incredible clear cloudless skies upon reaching summit. The hard packed talus, and the hike out the creek bottom make the return trip a bit of a slog. Nine years after climbing Hyndman I've got 5 of these 12'ers done now! Should be completing this list in my 50's!
Tried it back in April but it was snowing and visibility was only 100' and we kept drifting south by the time we hit the first ridge so we headed down. It was quick on rock but the snow was definitely easier to walk up.
Jon and I left from Pete Creek TH around 4am since we knew it was going to get into the 40's. By the time we got to the snow level it was already starting to get soft. We post-holed most of the way up to the false summit. Once on the ridge we made good time. One spot was a little tricky with lots of exposure on both sides but we made it. Glassading down was fun.
This made #8 for Jon and I.
Climbed Borah last week so still semi stiff, but after being turned around last August by a 2 foot snow dumping I couldn't pass up the opportunity. This is a long slog up a lot of talus and shale. I'll be happy to never see Pete Creek again. Heard a lot of coyotes through the night. Perfect weather, and amazing views! 45 mph wind a little scary on way back over ridge. 3/9 of the 12ers.
A small amount of snow to contend with, not enough to warrant any snow gear. In fact I wore shorts, but I layered up above the waist. Counted 10 bighorn sheep on the way down, heard some others knocking heads. Quite the racket!
Josh, Jonathan and I made the summit attempt on a very warm day. We got to the main false summit before turning back due to time, high winds, and low water. Postholing to the knee every step, and the upper thigh every fifth step made for a LONG ascent up the snowfield. Fortunately Josh and his hydraulic legs were there to blaze the trail for us! We'll be back to settle the score soon! Pete Creek isn't too bad in early spring.
Pete creek is... Interesting. Its a bit of a head scratcher going up and total misery on the way down. One slope of bad scree but other then that its good rock. Views from the top were amazing. No goats...
Second attempt at Breitenbach. First attempt landed me in a different valley and a summit, and first route ascent, of No Regret Peak. Admittedly we weren't good about taking maps with us all the time.
The approach felt like it went on forever on the way out and the false summits the same way. Overall a nice day. The climb was easier for us than we expected it to be.
From Pete Creek- many waterfalls around this time of year
Camped at the East Fork of the upper Pahsimeroi. Followed the trail up the East Fork that goes right in front of the awesome North Face. Followed the trail up and over the saddle to Dry Creek. From there looped around the base mountain and wet up the East -> South East Face and then followed the east ridge to the summit.
Left a prayer flag I found blown off the top Bald Mountain earlier that year.
This was a really cool climb. I did it with Mike and Zach. Almost entirely on scree. Interestingly though the scree was pretty solid for the most part. The worst part by far was the bushwhack through Pete Creek, particularly on the descent. The creek bed is rough and the brush is nasty in some spots. There were a lot of fascinating rocks and fossils and some cool waterfalls too. Bring mosquito repellent! Definitely not a class 3 as rated in Tom Lopez's book. Maybe a 2+ in some spots. This is my 3rd 12er.
Climbe this with Matt and Zack. definatly a class 2 scramble with a long and solid tallus field. the flase summits seem to go on forever as well but the views are great.
It was a beautiful day in the Lost River Range neighborhood. Chatted up a couple of guys who had done Lost River Peak as we teamed up on the drive out to work the gates.
Memo to Margaret Fuller - that is not serious bush whacking.
Bush whacking scale 1-10. Barely a 1. Come on! Ever been to GNP?
Wow! My first sarcastic Climber's Log comment. I promise not to do it again.
LST traverse, stay off towers
Climbed the traditional route. Nice easy climb. I like it when the talus and scree are stable. This was my 9th 12er so I finally am done! I was happy to be able to do it with another climber that finished his 12ers and it was our birthday weekends. It doesn't get much better than that!
Mike, Curt and I did the first ascent of the North Face - Grand Chockstone Route as reported in the A.A.J. in 1983. We descended the northeast ridge (class 4) back to our camp at the base after a biv on the summit ridge.
I climbed Mount Breitenbach from Pete Creek. I underestimated how much water there would be in the canyon at the time. The waterfalls were slippery and I had to cross several unstable snow bridges higher on the mountain. Had perfect weather and enjoyed climbing the talus on this route. Now I understand why the mountain is easier to climb later in the season.
Climbed with John (Splattski) on a beautiful St. Patties day. My dog also made to the top - his first idaho 12'er.
From Jones Creek.