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Ascent of Shafer Butte on 2015-12-02

Climber: Dan Krueger

Date:Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Shafer Butte
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:7582 ft / 2310 m

Ascent Trip Report

Looking to escape the inversion in Boise, I wanted to get out for a high altitude hike. The original target was Mores Mountain, but when I arrived at Bogus Basin the road to Mores Mountain was closed for nordic skiing, so time for plan B. I drove up to Pioneer Lodge and talked to a couple skiers coming off of Shafer Butte. Bogus was not yet open, but they said there shouldn't be any trouble from the Bogus Basin people if I snowshoe up to the summit.

I've never been on the mountain in the winter when it was closed to skiing. It was quite nice and peaceful - didn't see anyone during the entire trip. Started out following the Lodge Trail (140), then cut across to join the Packing Trail (149). The snow was quite deep (at least 2 feet), so this would be impossible without snowshoes. Also, the off trail snowshoeing was tough as the hill is pretty steep and I was sinking pretty good, even with the snowshoes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:856 ft / 260 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Trailhead:Pioneer Lodge  6726 ft / 2050 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
30 degrees, foggy, few snow flakes
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Krueger
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