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Ascent of Little Chief Mountain on 2010-07-12

Climber: Anders Olson

Others in Party:Levi Webb
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Chief Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9541 ft / 2908 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fantastically huge mountain. Hiked to Virginia Falls, crossed the footbridge and located a flagged game trail leading uphill. Followed this trail and a series of elk trails up and above tree line, where we made our way uphill and across a large drainages. Headed up scree slopes from there, and fortunate to find an easy Class III break through a prominent band of algal reef. Utilized a series of high goat trails to traverse for what seemed like forever across the west face of the mountain until encountering a loose class II gully. Ascended the gully to just beneath the ridge line, where we easily made it to the summit in a matter of minutes. Very windy on top, so we did not linger for long.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5141 ft / 1566 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:West Face
    Trailhead:Virginia Falls TH  4800 ft / 1463 m
    Grade/Class:Class III through th
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble



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