Ascent of Greyhorn Peak on 2014-10-05

Climber: Grant Myers

Date:Sunday, October 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Greyhorn Peak
    Elevation:7618 ft / 2321 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Scatter Lake we headed up to Point 7763' on fine scree with occasional game trails, really great views of surrounding peaks,larches, and Scatter Lake. We dropped down the ridge bypassing a cliffy step to the east then along an unusual orange-mineral ridge at the saddle. Bypassed Point 7612' along a game trail on the north & then over Point 7416' which is too steep sided to go around. Annette stopped here & waited as I continued on: this was an exploratory trip as there is no information on Peak 7618' (which I'm calling Greyhorn Peak).

I first tried a central gully on the SE face but a steep step was a bit out of my comfort zone being alone & without a rope, it looked to be class 4 or so. I backtracked to the east ridge where I found a series of gullies & although they contained loose rock, the bedrock was solid & fun climbing (class 2&3). It was interesting route-finding & fun scrambling all the way to the top where I found an old looking cairn. The peak has been climbed before though probably very seldom, a guess would be less than 5 ascents. Though overshadowed by nearby Abernathy Peak (which has poor rock) Greyhorn is a worthwhile objective in a beautiful area. especially when the larches are golden, and it has a reasonable 418' of prominence.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6000 ft / 1827 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1400 ft / 425 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5400 ft / 1645 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4600 ft / 1402 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Loss on way in:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Start Trailhead:3018 ft / 919 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Gain on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km

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