Ascent of Leatherman Peak on 2011-07-20

Climber: Larry Ellis

Others in Party:Solo
Date:Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Leatherman Peak
    Elevation:12228 ft / 3727 m

Ascent Trip Report

My second of Idaho's 10 highest peaks.

Beautiful trail in a secluded wilderness area. The climb of the W ridge is mostly broken choss and has little aesthetic value. Descended E ridge into valley N of Leatherman pass which caused me to have to regain ~500ft. The E ridge descent involves 2 miles and ~1800ft of scree. Also not to be recommended.

It was a beautiful claer day and the conditions could not have been better.

I stayed to the ridge proper on ascent and found several sections class 5.

This is my 2nd 12 thousander this week and in my poor physical condition I still found it better than my Borah day and very pleasant. I was much more comfortable on the descent than on Borah. The varied terrain has some to do with that and I think that my body is readjusting to climbing already.

Still need more aerobic capacity as breathing above 10500 was more difficult than it should be for me. Maybe after more training climbs (Idaho's 10 tallest peaks) I will feel better.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5528 ft / 1684 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5528 ft / 1684 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Grade/Class:class 4 some 5.0 on
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5028 ft / 1532 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:W Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Sawmill Gulch Road  7200 ft / 2194 m
    Time:7 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5528 ft / 1684 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5028 ft / 1533 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:E Ridge
    End Trailhead:Sawmill Gulch Road  7200 ft / 2194 m
    Time:5 Hours 5 Minutes

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