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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Idaho Summits Spring Outing - Peak 10941

Friday evening saw us hook up with the Idahosummits.com crew in Hailey for the 2011 Spring Outing.  The original plan was to climb North King Mountain in the Lost Rivers, but with the current amount of snow in the camping area and the weather forecast, a command decision by Dan was made to switch to Peak 10941 in the Boulders.

After a leisurely dinner of Thai Food in Hailey, a rough night sleeping on a condo floor and coffee from Hailey Coffee Company we were off at 8:30AM.  In attendance were Dan, Margo, Steve, Dave, Alex, Nathan, Jacob, Dylan and I.  There were four skiers (Dylan, Nathan, Steve, and me) along with five trudging up in snowshoes.

We started off with snow at the highway in partly cloudy skies. This was the view I had for the entire ski/climb up - every one's rear ends.

The snow conditions going up weren't too bad, a bit icy in spots causing some minor slipping and sliding. Here, Dylan and I take a quick breather.

Once we were above treeline, at approximately 9800 feet the snow conditions as well as the steepness increased.  This necessitated Dylan, Steve, and I to remove our skis and trudge up in our ski boots.  Nathan, who was so far out of my sight by this time apparently continued to ski his way up to the summit!

Dylan trudging up

The crew above treeline with the summit to the right

Yours truly with Galena Peak in the background
For some reason I was really having a difficult time this morning.  Don't know if it was the Thai food or the altitude, but I was struggling.  Dylan, being the good son that he is, hung back with me so I had someone to take pictures of.  It wasn't long before rocks started showing through the snow on the ridge and at this point Dylan and Steve had switched to crampons.  I had inadvertently left mine back in the car (bone head move!)and because of this, I took care in placing my steps.  We didn't run across anything that seemed too dangerous Mom, so no need to worry.

Nearing the top.
Once on top, we had spectacular views of all the surrounding snow covered peaks.  Since there wasn't much wind to speak of and the sun was shining we all took a leisurely break for lunch.  That is all of us but Nathan.  After tagging the summit he dropped down to a saddle and headed over to tag Cierro Cento and Easley Peak.  This peak was enough climbing for me and I was eagerly anticipating the ski down.  Our plan (Steve, Dylan, and I) was to drop down to the saddle between 10941 and Cierro Cento and ski the bowl.

heading down to begin skiing

Once down to the bowl we transitioned to our skis and took off one by one.  The snow was OK, not too good and not too bad.  About what you could expect in mid afternoon on April 30th.  It was tough for Dylan to try tele turns with the mixed bag of conditions, but he fought through it.
Looking back up at our tracks.
As it worked out we were able to ski all the way down to the highway.  This made for an excellent decent since we didn't have to put up with all the typical jarring on the knees.  About halfway through our descent Nathan came cruising through the trees to join up with us other skiers.

A view of the summit

This turned out to be a fantastic trip, great peak, great weather, and great friends.  All told we did close to 7 miles, though half of that was skiing down, and climbed 3800 feet.  Can't wait for the fall outing.

Link to Margo's trip report: http://mslasky.blogspot.com/2011/05/85107-peak-10941-idaho-summits-spring.html

Link to Dan's trip report: http://idahosummits.com/trip_reports/trip_report.php?trip_id=45

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kepros Mountain - April 23rd

Since we are still trying to get into climbing shape for next weekend, we decided to squeeze in a quick climb of another local mountain for Saturday afternoon.  Kepros Mountain was the goal and it is just south of Spring Shores on Lucky Peak Reservoir. The normal, more popular, route starts to the south at Three Point Mountain and is a five mile walk to the peak.  We chose to take the quicker steeper route by taking the boat across the reservoir.  Once again, due to other obligations, we got a late start.  But we did pick up another hiker, Dylan's buddy Max.

Leaving the boat

 We left the boat at a little after 4PM in fantastic weather - sunshine, mid 50's with just a slight breeze.

The false summit

It didn't take long to work up a sweat as Dylan set a brisk pace for Max, Shadow, and I.  It was a pretty straightforward hike, just up and up and up.  Along the way we stopped to enjoy the views and let the sweat dry.

The boys wishing Dad would speed it up

Cervidae with Shafer Butte (Bogus Basin) in the background 
Though there wasn't as much wildlife as last weekend, we did manage to see a couple dozen deer and 6 or so pairs of chukar.

After a couple of hours we reached the summit.  There was a new summit register that had been placed earlier that day.  Too bad we didn't get to enjoy the views with the earlier hiker.  Did I say how it was a gorgeous afternoon to be on top?  We wolfed down some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and snapped a few more photos before heading down.

Next time we will make sure we are not looking into the sun!

It took us a little over a hour to get back to the boat from the summit, for a total time of 3.5 hours to complete the 5.75 mile hike with 2600 feet gain. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mt. Heinen April 16th

With the anticipation of a big snow climb in a couple of weeks with the Idaho Summits folks I figured we needed to get a few miles and several thousand feet in, so we wouldn't be holding the group up.  All of this skiing lately didn't equate to hiking up a mountain. 

Saturday was one of those classic Idaho spring days with a mix of sunshine, clouds and rain. It was gorgeous as Dylan, Shadow and I headed up from Arrowrock Reservoir.  Since Dylan had something going on that morning we didn't start up until 1:30.

Looking back at Arrowrock
It didn't take long before the clouds blew in, but it stayed relatively warm and there was just enough breeze to dry the sweat as I tried to keep up with Dylan.  He was feeling pretty strong this afternoon and I struggled to stay up with him. 

It's up there somewhere


Arrowrock is somewhere back there

It was a great day to be out.  We saw close to 100 elk, several small deer herds, a few pair of chukar, and even a pair of ruffed grouse.

A few of the elk we saw on the way up
 As we came to the top of the ridge we were greeted with a north facing slope that held quite a bit of snow.  We had to drop down a bit through this snow in order to gain the ridge to the summit.

Because of the late start we had some great snow conditions - rotten, soft snow where we sank to our knees with every other step.  This was quite the treat and we took turns breaking trail up to the summit ridge to get out of this "snow".  Shadow was having a tough time as well.  For some reason she thought she should travel in our footsteps which caused her to sink to her chest in the snow.  Eventually we made the summit ridge and hit the peak at 5PM, 3 1/2 hours after we had started.

Dylan with the summit behind him

Summit Ridge with clouds building

Summit Photo
 It took us almost as much time coming down as it did going up, but we made it back to the truck without needing our headlamps. We had a bit of rain on the way down but luckily the heavy downpour didn't start until Dylan was driving us home.

Trip stats: 12.9 miles, 7 hours, and over 3000 vertical climbed.  Climbed is probably not the correct word, more like a long stroll up a steep hill.

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