My buddy Dan texted me early in the week wondering about getting out this weekend to enjoy the great fall weather. After some back and forth, Dan threw out Prophyry Peak in the White Knobs, and since I didn't have a better idea, it was settled. Dan invited Jordan, a young man I'd met on the fall outing a few weeks prior, as well as Margo. Since Margo lives in Pocatello, she would to meet us in Arco later that morning.
As we sped through the night, Dan received a couple of texts. The first was from Margo letting us know she wasn't going to make it. The second was from Deb Rose, wondering if we could swing by and help them with their truck which was stuck up Sawmill Gulch Road. WTF!
Luckily for Deb and her group, Sawmill Gulch was on our way and we were only a couple of hours away. So we took a right rather than a left, and headed up the rough road in search of fellow peakbaggers in need. After a couple of miles, we came upon the group of four (Deb, Victor, Matt and Rob) and their truck. The truck had slid off the road on an icy patch and was perched on the edge of a small ravine. In a couple of minutes we had the truck free.
Rather than continue on their objective of White Cap Peak, they decided to join us instead.
The one trip report for Prophyry Peak on SummitPost mentions a difficult river crossing. Difficult? Not really, but you could not feel your bare feet by the time you had reached the other side.
|Deb crossing while Victor and Matt wonder what they'd gotten themselves into|
|Dan wondering what the ruckus is all about|
|Jordan and Dan|
|Matt and Deb|
|Jordan charging up the mountain|
|Shadow wondering why we are so slow|
|Shadow loving the loose rock!|
|Jordan navigating the rock|
|If you look closely (very bottom, just left of center) you might be able to make out three of the others on a path.|
The quickest way out of the rock was also the steepest. The ridge looked like it had the least amount
of loose rock, so this was our path up. After several hundred feet of the ridge, we came upon the crux of our route, a mass of loose rock for the final 100 feet. Jordan waited out of the way while Shadow and I moved up.
|The summit's up there somewhere.|
|Jordan on the final scramble.|
There was a little breeze blowing while Jordan and I shared our lunches with Shadow, waiting for the others. After 20-30 minutes Rob, Vic, Deb, Dan and Matt joined us. The views were outstanding, but for some reason I neglected to take any pictures.
|A look back at the ridge Jordan and I took|
Time: 2.5 hours (summit), 5.5 hours (car-car)
Distance: 6.75 miles
Elevation: 2700 feet