Somewhat easier than I expected. The Helmet is a very impressive formation. Maybe another day...
Epic alpine route on a huge north face. Only took something like 5 tries to hit the right conditions...
Climbed this peak along with the Helmet. Better views from the Sphinx, but more exciting climbing on the Helmet.
Thanks to low snow conditions and fat ice, Garrett Stevens and I managed to climb the complete North Face via the Lowe Direct. It's an incredible route when it's in. Be careful on the approach - I kicked off a small slab avalanche and took a ride before I managed to jump off the moving slab.
Looking for early season ice on the north face. Nothing there, so we hiked to the summit. Second time hauling my ice gear up there for nothing.
See iceaxeman's post. Enjoyed the company, this took us about 5 1/4 hours up, but we had packs.
Climbed with (3) SP'ers (Freespirit, Rollinred, & Steve Ball). Set-up camp at the saddle, then headed for the summit. Reached the summit at 4:00 p.m., hung around for a few mintues, then made a mad dash for camp before dark hit. Then we enjoyed some hot choclate and star gazing. Once again I had a great time in the Montana mountains.
Met Freespirit, Iceaxeman and Rollinred at the trailhead parking area at 9:30 in the morning. They were planning on camping at the saddle. I couldn't camp since I had to get back for school on Monday. Anyway it was a great day for hiking, warm temps for November and blue skies. We got to the saddle an the others set up their camp and I began to head up from the saddle. Instead of going up the gully I decided to go up the ridge directly up from the saddle. I made it to about 9800 ft before turning around because I was short on time. All and all is was a great day in the mountain with some new friends from the summit post.
This was the first real mountain that I ever climbed. Great memories and a spectacular climb.
Fun Climb, not too hard, except for two massive blisters that I had on both feet. Great day to be on the mountain.
Tried to climb the main north face ice route to the summit, but the ice was gone! So we turned around and hiked up the ridge to the summit. A great day in the mountains.
Beautiful views and a fun hike. We could see the Tetons (and most of Southwest Montana) from the summit.
Fun climb but crappy conglomerate rock. I suggest staying out of the gully to avoid erosion. I found the best route is on the ridge to the south of the gully.