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Ascent of Electric Peak on 2014-06-30

Climber: Grant Miller

Others in Party:Caleb and Ethan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Electric Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:10969 ft / 3343 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Glen Creek TH around 3PM and hiked the 6 miles to backcountry campground 1G4??? by around 6PM. Encountered severe mosquito swarms along the way and almost had to ford the Gardiner River to get to our campground until we discovered a log bridge crossing about 500 feet downstream. Had a wonderful campfire and roasted sausages and marshmallows, then packed our day packs and went to bed to prepare for our early morning ascent. Woke up at 5:30 but didn't get hiking until 6:15 due to a sluggish member taking a long time to wake up. The climb was very scenic and the weather was perfect. Several sets of parallel, western-dipping beds protruded from the mountain forming massive ridges. The trail hugged these ridges, and we followed one prominent north-northwestern striking ridge for most of the time. Upon reaching the second false summit, we reached a split in the trail with one trail continuing northwest up the jagged ridge line, and the other descending left (south) around a 50-or-so foot high rock face that seemed to dissect the ridge in two. Although we had read countless guidebooks indicating to go south around the rock face, we decided to attempt it straight on from the original ridge we had followed up. Though the exposure increased in this section and the climbing became tougher and more sheer, we managed to scramble/climb (one of the sections of the route I took was no less than a class 5.6 with loose holds and small, sharp holds) to the summit in less time than would have probably been spent down-climbing around the rock face and back up the northwest ridge. The view from the summit was spectacular: the Teton range to the south were more vivid than ever, the Absorakas were visible to the east, the Beartooths with Emigrant Peak and others (what we thought were Cowen Peak to the north and Granite Peak to the northeast), and the Madison Range to the west. We could even see smoke from Old Faithful as it erupted 50 miles south and hidden by numerous hills and valleys. After celebrating on the summit for nearly an hour, we descended the same ridge line we ascended from, and arrived back at our camp in 2 hours later. During our descent, we came across a female moose quietly chomping on some plants in an open meadow. We found it odd that a moose would be so far north, but enjoyed the rare scene. Upon arriving in camp around 1:30PM, we rested for half an hour, then packed our tents up and headed back to the trailhead. All in all, a wonderful overnight expedition!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3700 ft / 1128 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Route:Electric Peak Spur Trail
    Trailhead:7269 ft / 2215 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3, Grade II
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Clear skies in early morning with high, un-obstructive clouds rising above the mountain ranges aroun
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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