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Ascent of Froze to Death Plateau on 2016-08-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Josh Carlson
Mike Waltz
Date:Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Froze to Death Plateau
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:11792 ft / 3594 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked this on our backpacking trip with the goal of meeting up with other state highpointers and tackling Granite with an experienced guide to set protection. As always, if I see subpeaks with views and rock to scramble in, I am going up those features as you never know if you are going to get your goal on a trip and the thought of backpacking 25 miles RT and gaining over 7 thousand feet and having no peak to show does not satiate any of the thirst to peakbag so I am forced to at least take a "sip" along the way whenever I have the extra energy and a small subpeak to play with. It is a good thing I did as we were not able to attempt Granite on the final morning. The views up this subpeak were very nice but very confusing. All of the subpeaks and in this area including Froze to Death Mountain (which is slightly lower) all look the same height.

On the way up, I partnered up with Mike Waltz from NJ. We were to meet up with Josh Carlson and Sjaak & Lidy van Schie from Holland but because of a miscommunication we ended up over hiking our camp one site and had to hike back down to our designated coordinate where we had a nice site where deer grazed along our tents constantly. We did not find our colleagues until the second morning as they ended up at a camp about 1.5 miles further on the FTD plateau. We ended up getting extra miles and some gain meandering around finding the designated site. There is also a nice down climb and regain at the ridge containing the Mystic Lake damn.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5702 ft / 1737 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1052 ft / 319 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
varied 34 F to 60F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5642 ft / 1719 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5242 ft / 1598 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:west rosebud TH to to plateau rock hop
    Start Trailhead:Mystic Lake West Rosebud TH  6550 ft / 1996 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:652 ft / 198 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 592 ft / 181 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:rock hopping the FTP
    End Trailhead:lower saddle on the FTP   11200 ft / 3413 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Granite

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Froze to Death Plateau2016-08-09 a5702 ft / 1738 m
2Tempest Mountain2016-08-09 b1909 ft / 582 m
3(Attempt) Granite Peak2016-08-10 a 
4Tempest Mountain2016-08-10 b1099 ft / 335 m
5Froze to Death Plateau2016-08-10 c1002 ft / 305 m
Total Trip Gain: 9712 ft / 2960 m    Total Trip Loss: 9712 ft / 2961 m



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