07/01/19 w/Ryan Stadheim
Epic views from both peaks. The traverse across Almost-a-Dog and the climb up to the summit were much easier than anticipated, but still made for some serious adventure. Incredibly fun day in the park!
I hoped for fireworks from camp at Almost-a-dog Pass on July 4, but a cloud moved in and ended my dream. I could hear a few. A very challenging peak just for the approach. Goat trail to SW corner is fantastic and very hard to miss, but if there is another to summit, I didn't bother. Agree with others that it is Class 3 and "easy", but the challenge is in finding those proper breaks, and without patience, you'll be doing Class 5 quickly or turning around. However, I think anyone rugged and determined enough to get out there will find the proper way.
2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa
Not as sketchy as Rory Kuykendoll makes it seem. The goat trail was a goat engineering marvel and the "crux" was nothing more than a steep Class 3 chute.
Climbed with Ely Behrhort a long day via from the Virginia Creek drainage. About 13 hours car to car. I thought the traverse of the west face via the "goat trail" was probably the sketchiest thing I've ever done in the park. The exposure is as bad as can be and the rock quality is just awful. It's a death trap in my opinion. The final 500 feet of class 3/4 to the summit is real f***ed up too.
Frigid day up high, but caught a few inspiring glimpses of the surrounding glaciers.
2007 with Bill via West Face Route.
2004 with Brian and Ronnie via West Face Route.
1983 with Bill via West Face Route.
1979 with Bill via West Face Route.
Note: Once on the South Ridge climbed directly toward summit deviating to the east when cliffs were encountered. Easy class 3.
Combined with Blackfoot for a great day hike.
Climbed via West Face Route with Vern Ingraham from GTS road as a dayhike on my second attempt. First try was aborted below summit due to icy traverse without gear