Ascent of Log Mountain on 2009-08-28

Climber: Tom Sewell

Others in Party:ole Jed at lake camp
Date:Friday, August 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Log Mountain
    Elevation:9179 ft / 2797 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Jed and I had climbed Sawtooth and Snowslide Peaks, in the 150,000. acre Needles Roadless Area, east of McCall, Idaho, i realized there are many easy, remote, wild, and accessable peaks around there I've never bagged. I had always noticed the Caton Creek Roadless Area, a near 100,000. acre chunk of wildlands separated from the vast 2.2 million acre River Of No Return Wilderness by only a thin dirt road. West or the RONRW there are still many large roadless areas that we "Wildernuts" have long wanted formally protected. Since I had to go to my psoriasis doctor research project in Boise anyway for my bimonthly injection of a new wonder drug, I planned for me and Jed to spend a week or so, using my cool new Subaru Sambar 4X4 minitruck as transport, bagging some peaks.
Log Mtn 9179' is the highest peak in the Caton and rite in its middle. We parked at the gated road and hiked 3 miles up it with an overnite pack, to the bridge replacement project. A million dollar waste of money along a road that only goes to a trailhead. I'd prefer they save our money, leave the bridge out, rip the road, and we can walk!
From the bridge we began relatively easy (compared to B.C.!) bushwhacking directly up Shell Rock Peaks east ridge. Probably Jed's last peak (10th this summer!) ever. His old hips are just hammered. Then we headed southwest towards lovely Shell Rock Lake. Jed could smell the water long before we saw it, and was soon "Tik Simmin". We made a nice camp 100m from shore. Someone had left a small flight bottle of Crown on a rock with just enuf left for me to make a "Coffee and Crown". It brought back sad memories of all my friend girls in the Clubhouse Dallas and how they loved guys who brought in Crown. Stripper Magnet!
Next morning I tied Jed at camp and easily bushwhacked/hiked up some nice cliffs to the ridge then north along it to the top of Log Mtn. But going out I decided to save time by whacking directly down Ditch Ck to road. Sure enuf a big cliff and bad route choice, added some excitement to our day, and some pain to Jeds legs. Then we drove to wierd Yellow Pine town for a 12 pack for the cooler.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads

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