|Leatherman Peak on the left|
We decided to make the trip a little easier on us and met at Amy Lou's Steakhouse in Mackey for dinner, before starting the hell that they call a road to the West Fork of the Pashimeroi. After a two hour grind, through a road similar to the one to Hell Roaring Lake road, we arrived at the trailhead, quickly setup camp, and opened a beer.
The alarm sounded early at 5AM, but after a quick cup of coffee and something to eat, we were off on the Leatherman Pass trail at 6 in the early morning chill. Our plan was to follow Dan's route: http://www.idahosummits.com/leatherman/leatherman.htm and make any necessary changes as the conditions allowed.
We made quick work of the trail portion, passing quickly through the trees and small meadows until we popped out into the gorgeous upper meadow. After being in smoke filled Boise, the scenery really stood out vibrantly in the early morning sunshine.
As we progressed up to the cirque at 10,800 feet, we continued to move right and obtained the North ridge, which now didn't look too steep from this elevation. Turned out to be a great move. We completely bypassed the loose scree on the "trail" in favor of solid footing interspersed with just enough loose rock to keep the blood flowing. Unfortunately for me, this rock was also very sharp and guess who forgot gloves?
|Steve M Photo|
|Halfway up the North ridge looking down.|
In short order, we were high fiving on the summit at 9:30. The views were spectacular!
|West Fork of the Pashimeroi|
|Bad Rock Peak|
|Steve starting the descent|
The trip down was uneventful, a bit of scree skiing intermixed with trying to maintain our footing without falling on the jumbled rocks. In an hour we were back at the upper meadow where Steve set a fast pace back to camp. I did my best to stay on his heels.
|One last look|
Once back at camp, Steve had some special Back Country Scottish Ale from Lewis and Clark Brewery waiting on ice. Since it was quarter past noon, we each had a cold one - and they were great!
Distance: 8 Miles
Elevation: Approximately 4100 feet
Time: Summit - 3.5 hours, Car-Car - 6.25 hours