Ascent of Black Butte on 2018-06-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, June 30, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9031 ft / 2752 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis one had been on my unfinished business list for several years. Finally decided to make it a priority.
Black Butte is composed of five pinnacles. Viewed from the east, Summitpost numbers them right to left, with no. 2 being the highpoint. Some trip reports number them left to right, with no. 4 being the highpoint, which makes more sense to me. However, the Summitpost method is consistent with the name of another pinnacle listed on peakbagger, "Black Butte-4th Pinnacle," so that's the method I'll use in this TR.
From Woods Lake, it was a short hike to the base of the Butte. Aiming for the obvious U notch between pinnacles 2 and 3, I climbed up a loose, gravelly ramp and then crossed over into the chute that leads to the gap. I found the going up relatively easy but, as is often the case, the coming down was more difficult and tedious.
The wind was howling through the gap when I arrived. Ditching my pack near the apex of the notch, I put on a helmet (mostly to prevent my sunhat from blowing into Caples Lake) and climbing gloves and clipped a stuff sack containing a new register to my belt.
From the notch, I made a right turn and headed up untrustworthy volcanic talus and scree to pinnacle no. 2. I'd rate the climb's crux as low class 3 due to the poor quality of the rock. After topping out, I tucked the register into the summit rocks, took a few photos and headed back down. It was far too windy to linger up there and, besides, I had another peak on the day's agenda. Others have reported also climbing pinnacle no. 3 from the gap but the strong winds nixed any consideration of that idea.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Bob McLaughlin
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