We camped the night before at Gem Lake just to spend more time in that pretty little basin. Had a good time routefinding to the peak, and from a little ways down the north side of the Gem Lake saddle, we were even able to find the ledge system that you can traverse over towards the upper basin below N. Trapper, saving us from descending all the way to the bottom of the chute and several hundred feet of vertical. The route up the southeast face was awesome! We went up a little too high in the couloir before backtracking to find the correct exit onto the slabs, and the rest of the way was really exciting as you get higher and higher on this steep mountain. The one little climbing move on the final ridge isn't too hard, but it sure is airy up there on the summit! Too bad the summit register seems to be missing, as I was looking forward to reading some familiar names. I'm really thankful for the route descriptions for this peak, otherwise I might not have even attempted it. Excellent climb!
Climbed North Trapper in late summer 1994 via the southeast couloir. The crux of this climb is getting to the base of the peak! The hike into the upper cirque was a horrible slog, and the trip back down was just as bad. (We carried full packs and overnighted in the cirque.) The climb of the peak itself was fantastic; it's a fun scramble up the couloir with one short roped pitch that follows a nice dihedral crack. Pleasantly exposed summit ridge, and permanent metal summit register box containing lots of names, including that of the late Alex Lowe. Views were nice despite the muggy, smoky skies.
Climbed with Moni on a beautiful early Fall day.
Tried to climb the north face yesterday via trapper creek. Way too much fresh snow and snowing too hard up high. Thinking about returning later this winter when theres better weather and hopefully finding nice compact snow or hard thick ice to climb.
Short hike in and great non-technical climb. Would highly recommend this route.
first major climb. a favorite peak with some of my favorite people.
June 14, 2008
More snow than two years ago, but perfect weather. Wait for the sun to soften the snow if you don't have crampons.
June 11, 2006
Clouds threatened all day, but didn't drop anything on us. Good day out.
Climbed with Mike (thephotohiker) and Nathan (from Salmon). Great climb, fun mountain, with good mixed climbing. Great spring climb to take advantage of snow couloirs.
Next time, N. Face route!
Beautiful, fun peak. One of my favorites in the Bitterroots. Quite an arduous day, but well worth it. I'll definitely be back to give some other routes a try.
A really fun day on a great mountain with old and new friends.
One of the summer's best climbs, and one of the best ever! North Trapper Peak now takes over top spot in my own personal "Most difficult mountain climbed" list (supplanting the Mission's Gray Wolf Peak--also done this summer--Colorado's Capitol Peak, and several GNP summits). Very, very enjoyable day with Tim Sharp, Mike Hoyt, Meleah Himber, Fred Rhoderick, and Matt Wright. This one has memories...!
Climbed for the second time. This time with Forest Dean (Missoula, MT) and Nathan (Salmon, ID). Weather was close to perfect. My first climb in snow-filled couloirs. Hard work, to be sure.
A party of 6, led by Tim Sharp, had a delightful day traveling to the summit of North Trapper. For me it was perfect!