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Ascent of Hyndman Peak on 2017-06-17

Climber: Destry Orth

Others in Party:Chad Silver
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hyndman Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:12009 ft / 3660 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my third visit to Hyndman now, every time it is different and not any easier. The previous winter left Idaho in a mess, more snow than we have seen in many many years. It has been devastating, with large amounts of snow leading to horrible spring flooding, but it makes for some amazing mountaineering. We left home friday night with plans to leave the trailhead at 0100. The drive up to camp made me a little nervous for what might be in store. It was very cloudy and raining all through the Pioneer Mountains. We finally sacked out at 2230 and awoke at 1230 with clear skies and perfect conditions. We made the TH at 0120 and began our 6 mile journey to the top. There was alot of Bushwhacking during the first few miles as there was a creek running down the well used trail. We found our first patches of snow by the first pond located at 8,700'. It became very patchy. after arriving at approximately 9,000' it became a solid snow field and Chad decided to break out his crampons at about 9,500'. I was soon to follow. Unfortunately he was having some issues with his crampons and they kept slipping off and seemed to be quikte dull. Despite this we still pushed forward. Upon approaching the saddle We decided to cut up the south face just to the left a ways from the East Ridge. I climbed up the snow face and Chad climbed up the small amount of rock scree that was showing due to his crampon malfunctioning. We made the summit around 0730, and enjoyed it for quite some time. It was sunny, with several fast moving low lying clouds all around, but above us was blue bird skies and sunshine. It was somewhat chilly on the summit, we had to add layers to enjoy our breakfast. The decent was the same route, Chad mostly followed my kick steps I dug in on the way up and down until the snow became too firm towards the bottom. I had to make a fast decent as I had to work at 1900 that evening. We kept in contact via walkie talkie all the way down, making sure we were still trekking. After descending below the pond at 8,700' I began jogging all the way back to the pickup except for where there was deep mud or water in thr trail. I returned to the pickup at approx 1130. That morning there was a person camped at the pond. On the way down I passed a father and approx 7 year old daughter climbing up toward the pond. Later found out they were actually looking for Pioneer Cabin, after Chad spoke with them. Passed about 9-10 more people after that on the way down. Nobody going for the summit. I left camp for home at 1210.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4809 ft / 1465 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:South Face
    Trailhead:Hyndman Basin TH  7200 ft / 2194 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Cold turning warm
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 



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