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Ascent of Black Mountain in 2016-10

Climber: Colin Quinn

Date:October, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:10941 ft / 3334 m

Ascent Trip Report

One night trip out to pine creek lake in early October 2016 with an ascent of the peak in the morning of day 2. This peak out and back would be a long but doable day. I enjoyed it with the extra time to relax by the beautiful alpine lake and explore the area. Ascent is straightforward, a rough trail break right when you gain the lakes and follows the base of a drainage to easy talus. We slowly gained the ridge and descended the south side of the y-couloir which was the most unstable portion bit still very manageable with a trekking pole. Steep walk/scramble up the last bit to the summit lands you on a low angle wide peak. Amazing views and a bit exposed if weather is coming in. Took about 1.5 hours to get up from lakes and an hour to descend. Keep an eye out for garnets on the way up!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp



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