Ascent of Buck Mountain on 2015-07-12

Climber: Benjamin Thomson

Others in Party:Dylan
Date:Sunday, July 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buck Mountain
    Elevation:11938 ft / 3638 m

Ascent Trip Report

After turning back 500 ft from the summit last year due to hail, rain, and thunder, it was pretty satisfying to go back and conquer this one. Once again there was a chance of storms and we were constantly watching the clouds. Took Death canyon TH to Stewart Draw up to Timberline lake, skirted left of the chute, which was entirely snow, and made our way to the east ridge. The ridge was awesome, scrambling and class 4 climbing with some extreme exposure (2000 ft cliffs). The final push gets a little easier than the rest of the ridge, and we made the summit just as we were getting a little worn out.

Awesome 360 views from the summit. The Grand and cathedral group looked great, with some fresh snow on the top of the Grand. Bradley, Taggart, Jenny, Phelps, Jackson, and some awesome looking high mountain lake could all be seen. Alaska basin and the Death Canyon shelf looked amazing, as well as Housetop mountain (ill get to that one soon). We could see a plane flying in to Jackson hole airport, kinda an amazing feeling to be 4000+ feet above a flying plane.

Followed the ridge back down, and seemed to somehow make it harder than it was on the way up, but everything worked out well. Did some fun boot skiing down from timberline and cruised from there.

Great hike overall, approximately 8 hours from car to car, although that includes a few fairly long breaks to eat and enjoy the area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5131 ft / 1563 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Stewart Draw
    Trailhead:Death Canyon TH  6807 ft / 2074 m
    Grade/Class:Exposed Class 4
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Rock Climb

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