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Ascent of Saddle Peak on 2011-01-28

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Keegan
Date:Friday, January 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Saddle Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9159 ft / 2791 m

Ascent Trip Report

Keegan and I hiked Saddle for the first time. It is a relatively easy hike after traversing from the top of the Schlasman's Lift onto the ridgeline above Mundy's Bowl. The first part of the hike is very rocky and we had to cross a sideslope, but once outside of the ski area boundary the ridge is wide and easy hiking. Keegan basically ran up the bootpack, helped by being about 6'7". I was slower. We met some skiers that took us from North Saddle to South Saddle and showed us a good way down over there. Much of the snow was windblown and getting sunbaked at around 30 degrees F, but it made for good skiing where the wind hadn't formed a crust on the snow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:624 ft / 189 m
    Total Elevation Loss:190 ft / 57 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:579 ft / 176 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 439 ft / 134 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Ridge South
    Start Trailhead:Schlasman's Chair  8720 ft / 2657 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5 ft / 1 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Gain on way out:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Ridge South
    End Trailhead:South Saddle Peak  9154 ft / 2790 m
    Time:10 Minutes



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