Ascent of Goat Mountain on 2009-12-24

Climber: Erick Reeve

Date:Thursday, December 24, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goat Mountain
    Elevation:6360 ft / 1938 m

Ascent Trip Report

My first snow climb. Brought snowshoes in the car with me, but at the base where I started the climb there was no snow, and I didn't think it would be very deep at the top yet, so I didn't bring them on the climb! By the time I made it halfway up, it was STEEP and slippery where the snow had crusted, and I was glad that I at least had my ice axe with me (and a pole). Then towards the top the snow was 5-feet deep, but I only sunk in about 1 foot or so with my boots, since it was crusted underneath. But every once in awhile I broke through and sank all the way down!
Talk about a grueling climb--this is the steepest "trail" in Idaho anyway! It was totally fogged in for most of the climb, but then it cleared up beautifully as I approached the summit (with my compass/map). Awesome views.
Hiked back down partly in the dark and actually found the trail once I got to the bare part where there were no more footprints to follow!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4870 ft / 1483 m
    Elevation Loss:4870 ft / 1483 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2-3 (scramble
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Frigid, Calm, Low Clouds
12° F, weather varied between foggy and blue sky!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4620 ft / 1407 m
    Extra Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Trail 135, then followed snowy ridgelines
    Trailhead:Trail 135 from FR 419 (from Lightning Creek Rd)  2340 ft / 713 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4270 ft / 1301 m
    Extra Gain:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:Trail 135 from FR 419 (from Lightning Creek Rd)  2340 ft / 713 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 0 Minutes

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