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Ascent of Hyndman Peak on 1992-09-15

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, September 15, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hyndman Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:12009 ft / 3660 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tuesday, September 15, 1992:

Today I climbed Hyndman Peak, 12,009 feet, the 9th highest in Idaho, and the only 12,000 foot peak in the whole Sun Valley-Sawtooth area of the state, the others being in the Lost River and Lemhi Ranges to the east. I set off up the closed extension of the Hyndman Creek Road, but noticed that the wound on my right index finger, where I had accidentally cut myself with my swiss army knife two and a half weeks ago, was kind of swollen. While I had been in Wyoming it seemed to have been healing well, but now it looked ugly.

Therefore I stopped under a tree along the road as it wound through pleasant pines to examine the cut. It looked like there was pus in the wound, and I was indeed able to squeeze a bunch of whitish-yellow fluid out. Alarmed, I vowed to see a doctor about this as soon as I got down from this mountain.

My hike was pretty typical for a dayhike up a major peak in the western U.S.--it was a long hike, up and down 5000 vertical feet on a road that became a trail that became a faint path that degenerated into rock-hopping across talus once the summit became close. The weather was perfect, just a little windy; I had the usual minor route-finding difficulties following the trails; the rolling above-timberline meadows were pleasant as always; I passed through a herd of cows down low; the views from the top were nice; I sweated and rested a lot on the way up and was tired on the long downhill retreat; I took a number of photographs, most of which didn't come out too well; and I didn't see anyone at all on my whole hike. There was no snow at all to contend with (I saw a few minuscule traces left on shaded rocks near the summit), and there was a summit register, which I signed.

I was back at my car by 3 P.M., after scaring the cows that had clustered near the brook, and I then made the long, dusty, horrible drive back down the Hyndman Creek Road to Triumph, ID, and then up ID 75 back into Ketchum, ID.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5029 ft / 1532 m
    Trailhead:Hyndman Creek Road  6980 ft / 2127 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear



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