Ascent of Ryan Peak on 2017-07-11

Climber: Destry Orth

Date:Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Ryan Peak
    Elevation:11714 ft / 3570 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was another random peak pick for me, it was between Ryan or Galena. I decided Ryan would be best as it is on my Idaho high points goal. I made an early "Alpine Start" from home, waking around 0300 and leaving I believe at 0400-ish. It was a relaxing drive, but by the time I exited Hwy 75 at the SNRA headquarters I was starting to get antsy to start climbing. After parking and gathering my gear, I was just about ready to hit the trail when a red pickup showed up at the trailhead with a couple older gentleman. We visited and found that they also were peak baggers and were heading for a peak further north up North Fork trail than me. They asked if I had my crampons and ice axe, to which I did not. They recommended I take them just in case as they have recently ran into a lot of snow on their climbs. Reluctantly I decided to follow their advice as they seemed to have more experience, plus it's more weight for exercise purposes and always better to be safe than sorry. So I had to switch packs, and change gear from one pack to another while they began their hike. I left the Trail head at 0622 and caught up with them about a half a mile in. We visited and discussed the Boulder traverse and many other topics before they finally pointed me in the direction I needed to go at West Pass Creek where we parted ways. I began my climb up the steep switchbacks and then followed the trail along the creek up to the cirque. There the trail turns toward the north where I gained the West Pass Ridge. I then headed east up the small scree field.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5200 ft / 1585 m
    Elevation Loss:5200 ft / 1585 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Breezy cool ridges, calm warm valleys, mostly sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5200 ft / 1585 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:West Pass Ridge
    Trailhead:North Fork Trail Head  6514 ft / 1985 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5200 ft / 1585 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Same Route
    Trailhead:North Fork Trail Head  6514 ft / 1985 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 

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