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Ascent of Peak 10677 on 2017-08-20

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Duane Gilliland
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Peak 10677
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:10677 ft / 3254 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day started at the Iron Bog campground in expectation of climbing Smiley Mountain, however we noted that one the tires on my 4Runner was going flat, so instead of heading for Smiley Mtn we headed for Arco. Amazingly the tire shop in town was open and we got the thing fixed in 15 minutes, then tried to figure out what to do. We knew that six Seattle friends were up on "North Twin "("South Lost River Highpoint", or Peak 11081) intending to summit that day and sit out the eclipse down at their campsite in case bad weather forced them to head for blue skies. We decided to head up there as well, and if by some chance we were able to drive higher on the mountain than usually, we might also attempt the summit, in spite of my cough. Wouldn't you know it, the gate was wide open, and we could drive past the start of Ken Jones' track. We headed up the old forest service road and parked where my track indicates, then started for the summit. By this time, however, it was already mid-afternoon, and we needed to make good time. The cough wasn't as bad as on Smoky Dome, but I still wasn't feeling on top of my game, and when we got to the summit of Peak 10677 it was apparent that we would be getting back to our car very late, so we turned around and planned to head up early in the morning in hopes of being on the summit of "North Twin" for the eclipse. Upon returning to the rig we ate dinner and prepared for the night. But just before heading for bed there were two ATVs roaring up the road toward us, and as they approached it became apparent that they were law enforcement. Long story short, we were run off of the mountain and settled for a parking spot along FR214 north of the gate. At first we thought we would go back up and climb "North Twin" in the morning, viewing the eclipse wherever we happened to be when the time came. However, by morning we both had little desire for that scenario, largely because of my cough and the fact that neither of us had slept well. So instead we enjoyed the eclipse from our parking spot. "North Twin" is a P3K, so we do intend to return.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1300 ft / 396 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1300 ft / 396 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1300 ft / 396 m
    Route:North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:N43.95992 W113.31058  9377 ft / 2858 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1300 ft / 396 m
    End Trailhead:N43.95992 W113.31058  9377 ft / 2858 m



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