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Ascent of Crazy Peak on 2012-08-09

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Eirik Andersen
Melanie Hetkamp
Petter Bjørstad
Date:Thursday, August 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crazy Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:11209 ft / 3416 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed this peak the day after Snowshoe Peak(crazy, some might say!). Turning off highway 191 at N45.98236 W109.96943 we arrived at xxx campground after midnight, met Greg Slayden briefly who was already there and agreed on a relatively leisurely start time next morning.

We started hiking at 0821: the Bigtimber Creek trail (old dirt road) starts at the SW corner (N46.04269 W110.23923) of the trailhead parking lot, follows the N bank of the creek, crosses a bridge to the S side then at N46.03969 W110.27402 crosses back to the N side. We've decided to try the route described in Cedron Jones' guidebook, which is much more direct than Blue Lake. So at this 2nd bridge we bushwhack south, directly uphill (fairly easy forest terrain).

The top edge of the forest is soon reached and we emerge into a rocky area with some nice slabs leading up a shallow reentrant. These we ascend, which is a mistake as we discover they will get us to Bigtimber Peak, which is the wrong side of an unfeasible arete: we have to descend W a little then traverse into the next, wide rocky valley. What we should have done is hiked SW along the top edge of the timberline to get into the wide rocky valley which lies due N of our peak.

From that valley we ascend the obvious ledgy buttress (YDS 2+, maybe some 3; some loose rock; steep but not difficult). This leads onto the NNW ridge which we ascend, mostly keeping to the crest which is mostly good rock although there is also some shattered loose stuff. There is one short extremely narrow section involving exposed easy scrambling. A long talus slope leads to the false (NW) summit.

From the false summit we descend the obvious steep narrow gully (lots of loose rock, needing care), ascend L around the gully then cross R below cliffs (cairn), L around a pinnacle then straight up a short scree slope to the summit (N46.01823 W110.27681, outcrop with cairn and summit register adjacent). We arrive at 1335 after 5h15 and spend 40 mins on top, enjoying e rugged scenery. It is hazy with some high cloud, pleasantly warm. Another party a1 rive at the false summit but don't come across to the true summit, and descent just before we reach them.

We retrace our steps to the NW summit and decide to descend the "normal" (Blue Lake) route as we don't really fancy descending our steep upward route. We descend the W ridge, which is mostly nice sound rock with exposure to the L and rough slopes to the R. At xxx we descend a broad gully, moving on parallel lines to protect against the inevitable rockfall. I descend R of the gully on scree of fairly coarse reddish rocks, which looks unfriendly but rides reasonably well, then there is an easy grass and rocks descent to grassy slopes above the upper lake.

We stop at the first stream and filter water for drinking. A short section of bushes leads to a camping spot (orange tent which we've been aiming for) then we descend easy slabs beside the small creek. Soon reaching the lake shore, we turn L on a small trail which mostly stays close to the shore. This leads to another tent at the lake corner where the trail becomes wider, heads N through a small rugged pass then in time bends R (E), getting us back to the trailhead at 1856, 10h35 round trip.

Eirik and Melanie head back to Norway tomorrow and we enjoy a last meal together in nearby Livingston. The next day, petter and I climb Sacagawea Peak.

Crazy Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5303 ft / 1614 m
    Elevation Loss:5303 ft / 1614 m
    Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Grade/Class:Yds 3 up, 2+ down
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4975 ft / 1515 m
    Extra Loss:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:NNW ridge
    Trailhead:Half moon/ Big timber  6562 ft / 2000 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4975 ft / 1515 m
    Extra Gain:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:NNW ridge
    Trailhead:Half moon/ Big timber  6562 ft / 2000 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 40 Minutes
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