Sun. July 26th, 2015 Continental Divide Trail at Gibbons Pass
Trip Proposal - SWAN PEAK (9,289'), Saturday, August 1, 2015
Distance: 11-12 miles RT
Class: 3-4 (the last part to the summit)
Vertical: c. 5,250'
Equipment needed: Good boots, scrambling expertise
Description: The second highest mountain in the Swan Range, but its most grand peak of all, this summit throws up its formidable walls at the end of long Squeezer Creek valley. What adds to Swan's mystique is the lack of detailed, published accounts of how to climb it, leaving one to glean through a few trip reports and occasional news articles and blog posts.
We all owe a debt to James Valentine for maintaining the Squeezer Creek path that leads up this otherwise formidable valley to the slopes of the peak. I haven't yet gotten word from him of how the trail is this year, but I assume it is in decent condition. We'll park at wherever we find ourselves along the approach road, walk the path, and then forge straight up 4,000 vertical feet past the two Squeezer Lakes, to the final pitch to the summit from the interesting hanging valley below it. From what I hear, this last pitch is Class 3-4.
It'll be an arduous day, perhaps not as much as with McDonald Peak, but it's basically a gradual long trek in, and then one huge "stairway slope" of 4,000 feet. All partners should have good stamina and scrambling skills. On the top, our reward will be unparalleled views of the Bob and the Swan Glacier below, and a sense of well-earned accomplishment at having scaled one of Montana's most significant "unpublished" peaks.
Leader: Dan Saxton - apologist497-at-yahoo.com
Trip proposal: Sunday, August 2