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Ascent of Ptarmigan Benchmark on 2015-08-13

Climber: John Bardsley

Date:Thursday, August 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ptarmigan Benchmark
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9083 ft / 2768 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this from from Fisher Peak. I started at the first switch back heading south on FS Road 4353, which I had thought was the beginning of the Sunday Mountain trail (further up the road). The bushwack from the car to the western slopes of the Swan ridge wasn't bad at all, and I was up on Fisher within 2.5 hours (and 2.5 miles according to my GPS). The walk from Fisher to Ptarmigan is grand but challenging in places. I took care with route finding coming down from Fisher, keeping things in the comfort zone, and then there were several class 3 spots on the way to Ptarmigan, which I reached in another 2+ hours. I should also have done 8894 on my way back. What was I thinking? Must have been the heat. Guess I'll have to go back.
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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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