Saturday, May 7 – EAST BOULDER PEAK (9448’) (Bitterroots)
Rating: Class 4?; Distance: 11 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: 5200’
Description: This will be an attempt to ascend a route on the north face of East Boulder Peak. Being that I haven’t heard of this being done, I will term it an “exploratory” trip. The trip will begin and end at the Boulder Creek Trailhead. Will hike up the trail to Boulder Falls (approx.. 4 miles), then hopefully cross the Creek above the falls. From there the goal is to pick a combination of the steep snow filled couloirs and ridge spines that lead to the summit of East Boulder. Will return to trailhead by descent of the ridge to Boulder Point, then drop back down into the Boulder Creek drainage. Will plan on bringing a rope, harness, some protection and pickets, ice tools, etc.
Sun-Mon, May 29-30 – GLACIER/ICEFLOE/MOUNTAINEER PEAKS (Missions)
Rating: Class 3-4; Distance: 13-16 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: 7200-8200’
Description: This is a make-up date from the same trip rained out in April. Will hike up to the Lucifer Lake area on Sunday morning, find a place to set up a camp, then climb one or more of these peaks. Monday morning (Memorial Day) we can climb whatever we didn’t climb the day before, then head out again. Tentative plan is to climb the south ridge of Icefloe Peak (Peak 9328’) and traverse to Glacier Peak (9407’). A possibility could then be to traverse the Garden Wall for a climb of Mountaineer Peak (9261’). Will probably bring a rope and harness, ice axe, crampons. Tribal Recreation Permit needed as well.