Ascent of White Mountain West on 2012-08-14

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Ken Jones
Ryder Irving
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White Mountain West
    Elevation:10442 ft / 3182 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ken, Ryder, and I climbed White Mtn West as a rest day between 2 backpack trips. We drove to the trailhead from Chalis and the road to Twin Peaks. We took the road towards the fire lookout on South Twin Peak and parked at the last switchback before the locked gate on the road to the lookout. From this vantage spot we could clearly see White Mtn West and the drop to the saddle below us. We followed a climbers trail down to the saddle (losing about 550 ft of elevation) and then continued on the ridge. We climbed directly over point 9872. On the way back down we tried to skirt this little hill by going around to the south but this was a wasted effort. It would have been easier to just go back over the top of point 9872. We continued up and did bypass point 10111 on the east side. the last part of the ridge from about 10000 ft to the summit is mostly rocky fins. The first fin we passed on the right side and since this was easy, we stayed low and continued all the way until we saw a wide rocky gully going up a couple hundred feet to the ridge near the summit. It was an easy scarmble from there to the summit. On the descent Ryder and I took the ridgline down and discovered it was easier climbing on the ridge than down in the scree and talus below. If I were to climb the peak again, I would bypass the first fin and then take the ridgline route to the summit. Great views inspite of the smoke from the Idaho fires.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1792 ft / 545 m
    Elevation Loss:1792 ft / 545 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1247 ft / 379 m
    Extra Loss:645 ft / 196 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Trailhead:9840 ft / 2999 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1147 ft / 349 m
    Extra Gain:545 ft / 166 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Trailhead:9840 ft / 2999 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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