Ascent of Graham Mountain on 2017-09-29

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Graham Mountain
    Elevation:8570 ft / 2612 m

Ascent Trip Report

A warning for the Slide Creek basin: a number of the trails (and especially junctions) are significantly removed from where they are shown on the maps.

I started out on the Slide Connector Trail, with the intent to branch off and catch the trail that worked its way up to the saddle near Graham Mtn. After realizing that I had inexplicably missed the mapped junction, I proceeded toward Slide lake for a time and then bushwhacked uphill a bit to catch the other 'branch' of that trail. After climbing up through the brush about 150', I was able to find the other trail I was looking for and then followed that all the way up to the saddle. The discovery of some broken, mid-size bones right on the trail was unsettling, but after e-conferring with hunting friends we ruled they were almost certainly deer/elk bones.

The summit has a decent scramble (although short); my route up was exposed class 4 and I descended a class 3 section. Possibilities on the south and west sides range from class 3-5.

Distance is approximate and for entire track for the day; it was in the range of 23-27 miles

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4170 ft / 1271 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1170 ft / 355 m
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Clouds moving in
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4170 ft / 1271 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3770 ft / 1149 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:25 mi / 40.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Slide Connector TH  4800 ft / 1463 m
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:770 ft / 234 m
    Route:SW, then west to saddle
    End Trailhead:Slide / Big Riner Saddle  7800 ft / 2377 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017-09-29 Strawberries (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Graham-Riner Peak2017-09-29 a 
2Graham Mountain2017-09-29 b4170 ft / 1271 m
3Graham Mountain-West Peak2017-09-29 c811 ft / 247 m
4Slide-Riner Peak2017-09-29 d 
5Indian Spring Butte2017-09-29 e2529 ft / 771 m
Total Trip Gain: 7510 ft / 2289 m    Total Trip Loss: 7510 ft / 2290 m

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