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Ascent of Reynolds Mountain on 2008-08-09

Climber: Tony Brown

Others in Party:Mike Mancoske
Tim Anderson
Brock Brown
Date:Saturday, August 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reynolds Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9125 ft / 2781 m

Ascent Trip Report

On the way up to Logan Pass, just a few miles before the Avalanche Creek area, we drove past a small pond with two moose wading in it. They were still there by the time we got out our cameras, turned the car around, and went back to attempt to capture the scene. Unfortunately, as we drove up and stopped, the female exited the pond in one direction and the male exited in another, so the pictures were not as great as they could have been. Still, it is always exciting to come across wildlife on our adventures.

After two failed attempts and one successful summit of Reynolds, I was not tremendously excited about this trip, however, I was looking forward to testing my nerve on the exposure of the north face diagonal route, and also looking forward to spending the day climbing with my son, Brock, who missed out on my previous summit with a stomach ache and was turned back with the rest of us on our attempt in September 2007 due to an early season snowfall.

Our goal was the Grand Tour route as described by Edwards in his Climber’s Guide. Up a channel in the north face to the northwest ridge, then follow that ridge to the goat trail that follows a diagonal ledge up to a notch below the cliffs on the northeast ridge. Traverse below the cliffs on the east side, past the couloir the braver/better climbers take to the top. Dropping about one hundred feet while rounding the southeast ridge, then gaining that and more up to the base of the cliffs on the south side. The route through the cliffs was marked relatively well with cairns, except that different climbers seemed to have different preferences for difficulty. Mike followed cairns up a more difficult route that went more directly to the summit, while Tim, Brock, and I followed a route around requiring less difficult climbing to the west end of the summit ridge where we were able to see Mike relaxing at the peak as we approached.

The descent took us down the easy route to the base of the upper cliffs where we enjoyed our run down the loose scree, cleaned out our shoes, and then scrambled down the lower cliffs to the trail that took us back. A good trip – All returned safely!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Route:North face diagonal
Descent Statistics
    Route:Southwest talus slope



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