Casee and I on a fun day up high
My dad came out to visit and we had a good time doing this one.
Parked at 7000' and ascended via south ridge of Little Mac and descended via the gully, which is the better route. Contrary to what I expected, the ridge was a lot of loose garbage (lower section) while the gully was mysteriously both smooth and stable. A little chunky down low, but it steadily improves.
I brought a register to donate and left it on Little Mac, assuming there was already one on McCaleb. I was wrong.
Nice hike, I was a little demoralized when I saw the never ending talus towards the top, but it wasn't that bad once you hit the saddle. Great views of Borah, bell, diamond and east all the way to Big Southern butte. Great summit for a half days hike up the west ridge.
It was cold and a little snowy, but when we reached the summit the clouds parted and a stunning view came into site. Love this climb! Too cold to hit little Mac in the way back. Maybe next time!
Started off on the standard route but broke off and took a snow line to the east to obtain the face. Stayed toward the south of the standard route. Had a little snow to work with below the saddle. Quite loose. Recommend the standard route. Took it back down. Still a great climb with great views. Look out for tics at high camp...most we've seen in awhile.
Climbed via the standard west approach
after a season of crummy snow conditions, finally good snow to crampon up. A little glissading on the way down. The views into Upper Cedar Creek and the surrounding peaks were excellent. With weather moving in, we made for a quick trip. The road to the trailhead is not great but also not as steep as I had expected.
Very cool peak. Climbed it on an awesome spring day, then had a fun glissade back down the west face. Here’s a write up and some photos.
Another great BC. ski Mt.
Chopped through a huge cornice at the summit.
Climbed Big Mac and Little Mac with IdahoSummits on a beutiful very warm spring day.
No snowshoes nor cramp-ons needed on this day. It was clear and cold (-10 when we started). We went up Little Mac (11,071) first ,a steep ridge, then down to the prominent saddle between Little Mac and McCaleb. The scrambling was 50 /50 windblown snow / rock. Things went well and we did 5hrs and 20min car to car.
Was trying to solo a new line on the south face and had to back off a couple hundred feet from the summit. The climbing never got terribly technical - mid 5th class I'd guess - but the rock is absolute crap. In fact, I have old spaghetti sauce that's harder. Worse yet, there are almost no places for pro. My guess would be that this face stays unclimbed for a while.