Ascent of Chief Joseph Mountain on 2011-10-23

Climber: Brandon Plubell

Others in Party:Steven
Date:Sunday, October 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Chief Joseph Mountain
    Elevation:9616 ft / 2930 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the Marina, followed the trail just south of east inlet to the top of the ridge. Continued up ridge until it merged with a treed ridge. Followed the ridge up to the steep rocks. Scrambled up the rocks (sometimes a bit exposed). Best section of a mountain climb I have ever done. Choose the safest route up . . . and carefully choose the right exit onto the ridge. Best route down from the summit is the first chute (the standard route).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5216 ft / 1589 m
    Elevation Loss:5216 ft / 1589 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Cloud ceiling at about 9400ft, extreme wind periodically
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5216 ft / 1589 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Tree Ridge
    Trailhead:4400 ft / 1341 m
    Time Up:0 Days 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5216 ft / 1589 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:First Chute
    Trailhead:4400 ft / 1341 m
    Time Down:0 Days 2 Hours 30 Minutes

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