Ascent of Buck Mountain on 2005-09-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Wayne Lundberg
Marc Holder
Bryan Nelson and I
Date:Monday, September 5, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buck Mountain
    Elevation:11938 ft / 3638 m

Ascent Trip Report

Guided by Exum mountain Guides. Rod Newcomb gave us all a one day climbing class and we were honored to have one of the most well known guides in the area take on us novice alpine-rock particiapnts and train us personally. Brian Harder busted up to our camp that morning and guided us to the summit using short-rope assists. A series of exposed class 4 scrambles and limited easy rock climbing in the 5.2-5.4 range. Mountain boot level mountaineering with ropes just for exposed safety.

Guide met us at base camp 10,000 feet

Backpacking trail coming in was around 6800 feet climbed with packs to set up base camp at 10,000 then climbed several peaks with day packs as described. 3 miles in backpacking and 3 miles out and 5 miles of total mountaineering with day packs.Buck Mtn was around a 3 mile round trip on top of the base camp backpacking.
Trip was simple in terms of "mountaineering" and barely met the thresholds we set to use a guide assisted climb, but none the less very fun and wonderful views of the Fossil Mountain area to the NW.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1938 ft / 590 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5138 ft / 1566 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Grade/Class:class 2,3, 4 and 5.4
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Guide, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
sunny and cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1938 ft / 590 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Guided approach from SE
    Start Trailhead:base camp  10000 ft / 3048 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5138 ft / 1566 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Same to camp then Maintained trail
    End Trailhead:6800 ft / 2072 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Buck Mountain - Grand Tetons (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Static Peak2005-09-04 a4503 ft / 1373 m
2Buck Mountain2005-09-05 b1938 ft / 591 m
Total Trip Gain: 6441 ft / 1964 m    Total Trip Loss: 6441 ft / 1963 m

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