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Ascent of Diamond Peak on 2013-07-29

Climber: Ryder Irvine

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Diamond Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:12197 ft / 3717 m

Ascent Trip Report

Due to a flat tire repair and muffler fix I had to get done in Salmon prior to this one, I got a late start. I didn't head up the mountain from the truck until 12:15pm. The entire time on my ascent I was watching the dark clouds roll in and kept thinking about Ken Jones report "this would be a bad place to be in an electrical storm". Since the approach was from the eastern side, you can't see any of the weather coming in from the west, as the peak is so tall. This late in the day, thunderstorms in this region were common, so I knew I was pushing it for time and weather. I really wanted to get this peak though.

The route was the usual route, very steep, especially at the start. I found the hardest part probably from 9-10,500'. The ground was loose gravel and very steep with not much footholds. i found it easier to hike the rocks slightly off the major trail between the 9-11k mark. There was some Class 3 areas, none was too major. They were harder coming down than up for me.
I had a friendly Big Horn Ram (almost full curl) guide me from about 11k to 11.8k. I got within about 100 yards of him, and some good camera shots as best as my zoom would work.

I gained the top without weather incident, but could see I needed to head down to keep ahead of anything that may come in. I didn't make any speed records being solo on the way up either.
The steep loose gravel coming down from 10.5k-9k was probably the hardest on my legs, again hiking slightly off the trail proved easier for me. Back at the truck at 7:15pm. After getting back to the truck, the entire valley filled with smoke haze, making it difficult to even see the surrounding mountains. I decided to take my trip south, instead of heading to Webber. I headed to Jumpoff for the night.

1 Bighorn Ram (both on way up and back), 3 mountain goats.
For fossil enthusiasts, I was amazed the amount of sealife style fossils as high was 11,000 feet on this peak. I found numerous sea shell imprinted rocks at the high elevations. There are also some great rock formations on both sides of this peak.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4197 ft / 1278 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Eastern Ridge
    Trailhead:8200 ft / 2499 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Perfect Hiking Weather
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 10 Minutes



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