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Ascent of Crazy Peak on 2013-08-07

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Ken Jones
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crazy Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:11209 ft / 3416 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed the traditional route up Crazy Peak that starts at Half Moon Campground. Nice trail goes all the way to the saddle between Granite Lake and Blue Lake where we found nice campsites. In the morning we crossed the creek between the lakes and headed up the drainage towards point 10574. At the little tarn below point 10574 we moved up to the ridge and then climbed the talus covered slope up to about 10,300 ft where we found a short climbers path over to the main Crazy Peak ridge.

Follow the ridge to the summit is an oversimplification of the route. Once past the saddle at about 10,080 ft the ridgeline can become a daunting rock climb. Follow the ridge to a deep cleft in the ridge where we had to descend about 15 ft into the cleft and then went south a little before climbing back out. Here we made a mistake. We continued straight across the slopes below the ridgeline. This was very time consuming before we climbed back up to the ridgeline and stayed on the very top of the ridge the rest of the way to the talus slopes leading to the false summit. We should have climbed back up to the ridgeline immediately after crossing the cleft.

Once on top of the false summit, the chute down was easy to identify and then it was up a little and around one of the pinnacles before the last short steep rocky climb to the summit. Great views. CONUS Ultra #57 for me. Great day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5723 ft / 1743 m
    Extra Gain:520 ft / 158 m
    Distance:17.2 mi / 27.7 km
    Route:Blue Lake West Ridge
    Trailhead:6526 ft / 1989 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads



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