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Ascent of Whitetail Peak on 2015-07-21

Climber: Marshall Stewart

Others in Party:Dennis Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whitetail Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:12551 ft / 3825 m

Ascent Trip Report

We hiked in to September Morn Lake, day one and camped. We took the trail up to Sundance Pass and left the trail for both summits of Silver Run, day 2. Day 3 we climbed Mount Lockhart and Whitetail Peak. Lockhart from the Sundance Pass was mostly class 2 bouldering with a few sections of class 3 scrambling. From Lockhart we pushed on to summit Whitetail. I have to be honest; from Sundance Pass looking up to Whitetail, it looks like class 4 & 5. It's very intimidating. As you climb and get closer you see it isn't near as difficult as it looks from a distance. Mostly class 2 & 3 bouldering and little exposure until the last 50 feet. From that notch to the summit is class 3 with exposure, and one or two class 4 maneuvers. Great views from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5351 ft / 1630 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5831 ft / 1777 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.8 km
    Grade/Class:class 2 & 3 boulderi
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
cloudy up, rainy and cold down
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5351 ft / 1630 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:via Sundance Pass
    Start Trailhead:West Fork Rock Creek TH  7200 ft / 2194 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5831 ft / 1777 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:via Sundance Pass
    End Trailhead:base camp at September Morn Lake  6720 ft / 2048 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Silver Run, Lockhart, Whitetail (4 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Silver Run Peak-East Peak2015-07-205300 ft / 1615 m
2Silver Run Peak2015-07-205342 ft / 1628 m
3Mount Lockhart2015-07-214447 ft / 1355 m
4Whitetail Peak2015-07-215351 ft / 1631 m
5(Attempt) Beartooth Mountain2015-07-221360 ft / 415 m
Total Trip Gain: 21800 ft / 6644 m    Total Trip Loss: 19360 ft / 5901 m



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