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Ascent of Mount Merritt on 2011-08-27

Climber: Anders Olson

Others in Party:Adrienne Alta Hearne
Heidi Sauerland
Josh Olson
Rebecca Lahr
Date:Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Merritt
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:10004 ft / 3049 m

Ascent Trip Report

Set up camp for 2 nights at Glenns Lake (Head). Broke camp at 7am and hiked to Mokowanis Lake. Just after the campground, bushwhacked uphill until encountering a gravelly gully until steep cliffs were encountered. Traversed to the north, then headed east towards the mountain proper. A previous member in our party had climbed Merritt, so she recommended we angle more towards the summit rather than take the traditional route. We eventually encountered massive, wet cliffs, but a goat trail led to a climbable Class IV gully that provided access to the summit ridge. Climbed Class III cliffs to the snow field on the north flanks of the mountain; no ices axes were needed as the snow was soft and there was plenty of run out at the bottom of the snow. Easy scramble to the summit from there. Spectacular views in all directions. Took the traditional west face route down, which was very, very loose! Made it back to camp at 9pm, where we enjoyed a late dinner, some wine and some much earned sleep. Hike out to Chief Mountain Customs in the morning was uneventful except for a very ornery bull moose who chased us off the trail near Glenns Lake (Foot) Campground. Celebrated our long weekend by swimming in Cosley Lake on a warm, windless morning.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4904 ft / 1495 m
    Elevation Loss:4904 ft / 1495 m
    Grade/Class:Class IV
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4904 ft / 1495 m
    Route:West Face (variation of traditional route)
    Trailhead:Glenns Lake (Head)  5100 ft / 1554 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4904 ft / 1495 m
    Route:West Face (traditional route)
    Trailhead:Glenns Lake (Head)  5100 ft / 1554 m



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