Took Reba the Rubicon down into the wash then weaves our way up through the branches of the canyon to gain the eastern ridge. This booger gets steep, loose and messy with a quickness! It seems like nothing on the final summit pitch of the thimble will hold, but amazingly a few small holds stick to the mountain long enough to get up and back down. One of the stranger peaks I'm summited, for sure! Two ice tools and some crampons may be helpful on this peak ;-)
I've climbed this more than a few times over the years. My family spent quite a bit of time out on the Swell.
climbed the wickiup to start my trip through the swell. hard dirt/rock on the upper slopes made it interesting for awhile. summit block was unexpectedly hairy on the north side, but larger ledges on the northwest corner provided a more peaceful descent. scooted up the fantastic indian benchmark afterwards.
We were shut out by snow and very low visibility on our first attempt. Fortunately the weather cleared and we went back the next day and climbed it under sunny skies. The ground was still a little wet but getting to the 4x4 parking spot wasn't a problem. I've never climbed a peak quite like this one - its made mostly of dirt, mud, and rocks that disintegrate into dirt. A fun little adventure. Took us about an hour. I'd give it a class 2+ rating. We had to do a bit of scrambling - not difficult but very loose.