Ascent of Missouri Mountain on 2009-08-28

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Miguel and Marc only
Date:Friday, August 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Missouri Mountain
    Elevation:14067 ft / 4287 m

Ascent Trip Report

Miguel and Marc and I joined up at the saddle between Iowa and Missouri. Marc's brother Scott was hurting from the day before and stayed back at camp. Bryan could not keep up with our pace and stopped short at elevation 13,500 near the saddle of Iowa and Emerald. The climb is a classic class 2 because it is a non maintained trail but is well worn because of the narrow relatively steep knife edge to the summit. The ridge is very narrow and the material is very loose in places. The climb is relatively short once you make the saddle by Iowa making the final summit of Missouri one of the easiest ascents. This ascent, although easier than the other 14er ascents in this area is most practical to back country backpackers (Roach route 13.9 "South Ridge II, Class 2").

this is one of my favorite 14ers because of the backcountry approach we crafted and solitude on the upper bench before reaching the Emerald-Iowa Saddle for our final attack. The scrambling and boulder field navigation was tedious but fun off the saddles.

Additional gain on the return was a result of the cross country bouldering and contouring we did to return to our Base Camp 3. We had approximatley 200 feet of additional gain as we traversed from the saddle through the boulder field and back up to the benches used in the Iowa climb and back to the northern wall of Pine Creek. Since we were tired and the scrambling route we took to get on the bench was not something we wanted to attempt on tired legs we all elected to descend the Pine Creek slopes and cross the creek on the return. We descended to EL 12,100 then back up to 12,350 then back to camp at 12,250. Additional Gain was another 250 feet for a total gain of 450.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1087 ft / 331 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2267 ft / 690 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
sunny to partly cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:637 ft / 194 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  13430 ft / 4093 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2267 ft / 690 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1817 ft / 554 m; Extra: 450 ft / 137m
    Gain on way out:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Same and then Saddle to bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Campsite 3  12250 ft / 3733 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Collegiate Wilderness (4 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Belford2009-08-27 a5597 ft / 1706 m
2Iowa Peak2009-08-28 b2461 ft / 750 m
3Missouri Mountain2009-08-28 c1087 ft / 331 m
4Mount Harvard2009-08-29 d4345 ft / 1324 m
Total Trip Gain: 13490 ft / 4111 m    Total Trip Loss: 9293 ft / 2833 m

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