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Ascent of Saint Joseph Peak on 2018-08-05

Climber: Duncan Lennon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saint Joseph Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9587 ft / 2922 m

Ascent Trip Report

I scrambled up the 'east ridge gully' described on Summitpost and represented by Steve's ascent track. My crux involved a very exposed 5.3 traverse rightward from a point at the top of the gully where you could look through a hole down to the south face. Then there was a short 5.xx boulder problem above maybe a 50' drop to gain the flat upper east ridge. To descend I bypassed that whole situation to the north on 3rd+ class slabs; if one were willing to venture further north, losing and regaining plenty of elevation on loose and sandy slopes, theoretically the whole climb could be kept to a moderate standard like hard class 2. To be clear, the fifth-class chimney is in no way a mandatory element.

The real info to share, though, is that this is a really fun climb to a remarkable viewpoint. Much of the forest consists of whitebark pine and subalpine larch, my two favorite western trees. The ridge between Little and Big Joe is pretty fun, with many optional light scrambling opportunities. Enjoy!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)



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