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Ascent of Rocky Mountain on 2014-05-23

Climber: Duncan Lennon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Mountain
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:9392 ft / 2862 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the east ridge route, which seemed very straightforward in comparison with the routes described by others on this site. I was lucky that the snow line was right at about 5800' and the trailhead, so I drove nearly all the way in. I snowshoed up the trail for less than two miles to a point between two beautiful waterfalls, as per Cedron Jones' route description. I stashed the snowshoes here and switched to crampons to climb up the south-trending creek bed. This dumped me out in a huge bowl, which I crossed toward the southwest and the saddle between Rocky and East Rocky. A wide, 30-degree chute led me there. Wind had scoured the east ridge, so I took off the crampons and climbed a bunch of easy and somewhat exposed class 2 ledges to the summit and a stunning view of the entire Bob Marshall Wilderness complex and most of the southern half of Glacier.

Overall, this climb was pretty easy compared with many major western Montana peaks and (I suspect) the other possible routes on the mountain. It took me three hours to get up and 1:20 down. I'd definitely recommend an early-season ascent like this, both to avoid scree and for the superlative view of the snowy Bob. Next time I'll bring skis for sure though!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)



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