Ascent of Dyer Mountain on 2017-07-16

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dyer Mountain
    Elevation:13855 ft / 4223 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Iowa creek trailhead and headed up the old mining road to the old mine. The trail stays left of the mine and starts to follow the creek. At a point the trail breaks down within the scree. Some cairns show the general direction. I passed under the power lines and shortly thereafter headed up slope. I probably could have gone a bit further before heading up making the slope less steep. I would return that way on the way down. From above it appears more obvious. Reached the summit by 8aafter a 610am start. Stayed 15 or so min before heading down. Though the route down was less rocky, it was more muddy and I was able to boot ski this material most of the way down. Crossed a small snow field at the bottom and returned via the route up. Close to the PA I noticed a hiker descending fro Sheridan via an unconventional route. He had busted straight down the slope and had slid down a snowfield. He was now above a huge buttress and had down climbed into it via a small waterfall. I thought I was about to be witness to a death. He ended up on a large ledge but was Cliffed out but didn't know it. I started telling to him with no avail. He down climbed another notch and suddenly realized his predicament. I yelled for hom to climb back up. Not sure if he heard me but he reversed all his down climbs and was back up on top of the buttress. I signaled for him to move left where I could see a safe place for him to continue to descend. He got to it and continued defending. I returned to the car. Whew. Why would you do that?
Dyer is a tough hike because of the talus. I would recommend ascending to lookers left of the summit as it seems less steep and the talus less horrible. The right side was way steeper and at times I could see large blocks that looked like they would. It loose on me at any time. Probably not but it scared me a little to be hiking under them.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear

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