Final ascent of my traverse of Courtney, Buttermilk Butte and Oval via Buttermilk Ridge.
What appeared to be the first light snowfall of the season lightly dusted the mountains the night before. As beautiful as the snow was on the surrounding peaks, it made for a very slippery journey.
From W Fork Buttermilk, climbed Courtney from Fish Creek Pass, traversed over Buttermilk Ridge and up the S ridge of Oval, then dropped off the E ridge. Had planned to do Star as well, but bailed due to time. Fantastic views, but I got my fill of talus for a while.
With Jim. Weaved our way up the south ridge starting at 5 am. Interesting views with the haze from the wildfires. Decided to head down the east ridge and nice sandy gully back to the lake afterwards before hiking out.
Mostly a walk, we started at around 11:30 a.m. and still had extra time. I suppose I could have made a run for Courtney and Star.
boulder-y. warm. yellow.
Nice half-day hike up Oval Peak. Amazing how little snow there is this year. The east ridge is a fun walk and the bushwhacking was not too bad.
Early June wasn't early enough to avoid the boulder hopping. The east ridge was bare and blocky. This climb reinforced the old adage "for the best view climb the ugly mountain"; the view really was fantastic.
Climbed Star Peak, Courtney Peak and Oval Peak in the same day, and bivied atop Oval. INTENSE sunset/sunrise with 2012's wildfires!
long approach to Oval Lakes in tedious snow, but great views
Easy scramble, simple routefinding, great views.
Ryan and I climbed Star and Courtney the first day, starting from the West Buttermilk trail. We camped near Star Lake and did Oval the next morning. 32 hours round-trip. Lots of talus.
Climbed Star, Buttermilk & Oval from camp at Star Lake. Awesome!
We took the South Ridge up and then went back down the East Ridge. Nice views but more than enough talus and boulders for my taste.
Just noticed I never signed this log for Oval Peak, one of my favorites because it's in our view from the kitchen window. The first time I climbed it with my husband, J, on September 14, 2002.
The next time I climbed it with my neighbor, Helen, on August 31,2004. You guys make it sound so easy, but for us gals (one with a breathing handicap, the other with fibromyalgia), this was a 14-hr "miraculous feat" of endurance, one of which we both remain quite proud. ;-)
only saw one other person on Labor Day weekend!?!
Fun climb with Duane G. However, I discovered that cataracts make boulder hopping difficult since depth perception is greatly challenged when one of your eyes can't focus. I'm scheduled for cataract surgery on Aug. 1, so things should start getting better after that. Whatever you do, don't get old!!
Fun walk-up, some bouldering along the way. Part of a day of Sawtooths high-pointing.