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Ascent of Static Peak on 2005-09-04

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Same as Buck Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 4, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Static Peak
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:11303 ft / 3445 m

Ascent Trip Report

Training trip the day after we went to Exum School for rock climbing and rapelling training and before the Buck Mountain climb (assisted with guide). We were honored by the training as Exum gave us one of the best known guides in the area (and part owner) Rod Newcomb. I would guess he was 70ish but could climb as nibble as can be. In later years I learned from other guides out in California that he was a very well known and respected mountain guide all over the west.

We did this particualr climb to warm up and acclimate to high altitude. Route chosen had some difficult talus (and we should have worn helmets for protection) and lose rock class 3 scrambles near the top. Some dangerous rock tumbled down near our other party members as we picked a path through the tough slope. Holder and I climbed out on a class 4 pinnacle for some stunning shots. The pinnacle was too small to safely stand as the pics shows.

Base Camp was around 10,000 feet by a creek.

Backpacking trail coming in was around 6,800 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 for this part of the trip.
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Scramblers carefully make their way along an exposed ridge near the summit of Static Peak, Wyoming (2005-09-04). Photo by William Musser.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4503 ft / 1372 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1303 ft / 397 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Grade/Class:class 1,2, 3 and 4
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4503 ft / 1372 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:East Face
    Start Trailhead:hiking trail in from valley then base camp  6800 ft / 2072 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1303 ft / 397 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:East Face
    End Trailhead:10000 ft / 3048 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Buck Mountain - Grand Tetons (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
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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