Ascent of Rising Wolf Mountain on 2010-07-24

Climber: Anders Olson

Others in Party:Josh Olson
Date:Saturday, July 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rising Wolf Mountain
    Elevation:9513 ft / 2899 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed North Shore Two Medicine Lake Trail to the second, and much larger creek bed that drains the large basin on the south face. Followed the drainage uphill, and scrambled up loose terrain towards sheer cliffs. We traversed east until finding a class III drainage that made for a safe ascent. Made our way towards the summit, and utilized hard packed snow to access a climbable portion of the diorite sill. Reached the summit soon thereafter. No more than a minute after reaching the top, a subadult grizzly bear came to within 30 feet of my partner and me. Fortunately, he appeared to be equally, if not more startled than us, and the bear continued past the summit and down the route we had just climbed up. We ultimately decided to leave the summit and continued on along the ridge towards Flinsch Peak. Saw the bear foraging on scree slopes well below the summit on Rising Wolf's north face. Incredible view of Oldman and Young Man lakes from the Rising Wolf-Flinsch saddle. Continued onward to Dawson Pass and ultimately Mount Helen. Encountered at least 4 other parties on the mountain over the course of the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4349 ft / 1325 m
    Grade/Class:Class III
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4349 ft / 1325 m
    Route:South Face
    Start Trailhead:North Shore Two Medicine Lake TH  5164 ft / 1573 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Rising Wolf-Helen

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Mount Helen2010-07-24900 ft / 274 m
1Rising Wolf Mountain2010-07-244349 ft / 1326 m
Total Trip Gain: 5249 ft / 1600 m    Total Trip Loss: 5249 ft / 1600 m

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