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Ascent of Fossil Mountain in 2000-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Tom Roberts and Andy Woodcock and I
Date:September, 2000
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Peak:Fossil Mountain
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:10020 ft / 3054 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began trip with Guide in Idaho following Fox Creek as a backpacking trip to learn cave rapelling. With Andy Woodcock and Tom Roberts.Set up camp site one in the Fossil Mountain area before the mule pack trail along the west side of Fossil Mountain.
We climbed to the saddle ridge next to the peak since and did not summit as the trip was just to make it to the Fossil Mountain pass to set up a training site to learn to use crampons and cave rapel. We then decended into Ice Cave and came out the Wind Cave.

The night we returned to basecamp i did not change out of my wet spelunking clothes fast enough and the temperature dropped fast. It rained, hailed, and snowed. I started breaking into hyperthermia, and the guides helped me break it. Will never take forget that lesson about staying dry in cold wet conditions.

10 miles BP up and 7 miles BP down plus 7 miles of free hiking to and thru caves
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3620 ft / 1103 m
    Total Elevation Loss:9000 ft / 2743 m
    Round-Trip Distance:24 mi / 38.6 km
    Grade/Class:class 1, 2, 2+ 3, &
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Rope, Guide, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:rained, hailed and snowed
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3620 ft / 1103 m
    Distance:13.5 mi / 21.7 km
    Route:Fox Creek TH
    Start Trailhead:6400 ft / 1950 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:9000 ft / 2743 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    End Trailhead:1020 ft / 310 m



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