Climbed (hiked, this is not a climb) more times than I remember - -need to ski the big bowl between Vaught & Stanton one of these years.
Climbed a few times.
My last hike of the 2006 season. Brought a friend along. Long, tedious climb but affords a different perspective on the park. The first time I felt I really led the climb.
My partners and I started up the mountain bushwacking our way up the avalanche chute until we reached the top of the ridge. Then we headed straight to the summit, it was a good view of Lake McDonald.
Did in conjunction with Vaught. High temps and a brutal climb to Vaught.
Not any fun on the descent from Vaught. Climbed with fellow SP member, Vantana.
After climbing peaks with friends it was time to set out and try one in which I was the one leading the way. My girlfriend was visiting me in Glacier where I was working on a trail crew for the summer and she was excited to bag her first peak.
I had mulled this over for sometime and come to the conclusion that a trip up Stanton would be a good first timer for me as a trip leader and her as a climber.
We walked that bear of a trail up Howe Ridge and exited to the right just before it drops off into the Camas drainage. We walked up and side-hilled right until the summit ridge came into view and then turned hard uphill straight toward it. Upon reaching the ridge a nice scramble upon the chossy rock Glacier is known for brought us to the lovely summit.
A small register was located there in which many comments had been left including such interesting ones as, "This sucks" and "Chip Payne is gay." We added our remarks, took some photos and then meandered back down to the Howe trail and my Honda awaiting below.
I've never climbed this mountain in GOOD weather.
the pictures on the main page make me want to do this one in the summer! This mountain makes a great ski mountaineering overnight trip with a camp on Howe Ridge
Hey, sent a message earlier but my account is super screwed up and I'm not even sure it went through. But we're doing Stanton on Saturday, any special notes on winter ascents? How's the avalanche danger on the ridge? Any differences in the approach?
HOWE RIDGE ROUTE WITH GENE JACOBSEN AND OTHG
8/5/93 HOWE RIDGE ROUTE WITH VERN INGRAHAM OF WHITEFISH, MT ENROUTE TO MT VAUGHT SKIPPED SUMMIT ON THE WAY UP, BUT VERN WANTED TO BAG IT ON THE RETURN EVEN WITH BLOODY TOES!
6/16/96 CLIMBED WITH WIFE, JAMIE MICHELS AND TERRY KROM FROM HOWE RIDGE RETURNING VIA SE GULLY ROUTE
spring is a great time to be in the park. I parked at McDonald lake and snowshoed on the highway and around the lake, eventually camping on the far shore near some cabins (not far from the ranger station, which was boarded up for winter).
The next morning I headed straight up from the lake towards the summit, encountering a short tricky section of cornice. Getting past this led to easier ridge hiking to the snow capped summit. Pretty neat having the entire place to myself.
It was very quick getting back down scree to the lake.
Planned on heading over to Mt. Vaught, but super mushy snow atop the ridge made for a smart decision to go ahead and head down. I would NOT recommend dropping off the ridge down to Mcdonald creek, pretty brutal on the knees.
Beautiful warm day, a lot of smoke off to the west. A nice summit in an area of the park that I had not been in before.
Climbed the SE Slope Route (VERY STEEP SLOPE!) more or less as described in the Edwards Guide. We stayed in the timber longer before entering the open drainage on the way up and opted to enter the timber early on the way down for better footing. Some fun Class 3 scrambling below the false summit.
Have done this mountain twice, the first time with a group from the GMS (Glacier Mountaineering Society) on a quite chilly day—June 4, 2006—which found us completely in the clouds (and a quite strong, cold wind) on the summit, then a year later—July 5, 2007—with Mike Hoyt on what turned out to be an all-time record high temp for the date in GNP. We each drank almost 4 liters on the mountain, then another 3/4 gallon on the trip back to Missoula, and were still dehydrated! Brutal! We had planned on doing a double ascent, continuing on to Mount Vaught, but in a very wise decision on the Stanton summit, turned back and retreated.
On what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, I climbed this peak with Vernon using the West Ridge Route. In spite of the heat it was a great climb. Too bad the temperatures forced us to bag the idea of doing a double and going on to Vaught. Maybe next time...
Sept 12, 2007 With Fred, the SE slope route. Lots of scrambling below the false summit. A long hard-ish day that started out with foul weather, but gradually got better. Good, because descending in the rain would have been fairly dicey.
August 2, 1978 - With the Bishops. Hard to believe this is almost 30 years ago! It was a great day, nonetheless. I think we did the SW ridge route, as I remember only hiking and little climbing.