Ascent of Tremont Mountain on 2017-10-29

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tremont Mountain
    Elevation:10388 ft / 3166 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the same turnout I used last time when I abandoned the summit and came back. Today was breezy cool around 34F and some light snow on the ground all the way up because we bushwhacked up the north slopes. Across the way, the southern slopes of Thorodin Mountain showed no snow at all. I kept a good bearing winding through the lodgepole pines, firs, and spruce but the clearings that nature gave us sent us a bit SE of the true summit. We found a simple class 3 climb up a pinnacle and realized we were at a false summit east of the peak and we could now see there are two more summits the first to our west another rocky false pinnacle summit. We scrambled down and headed what we thought was around the second pinnacle but as I climbed up I could see we missed the true saddle and had to down climb a second time. Finally seeing the rocks above of the true peak we headed through a snowy boulder field and found a nice class 3 to class 3+ climb. We had our microspikes on for safety but this was a bit of difficult weave through large boulders, pines, and snow covered rocks. I led up the wall as it looked easier than it was. I later learned that the routes further west of where we began had class 2, and class 2+ approaches with no harder than class 3 moves to the summit. But we were stuck now on the main peak but there were three or more false pinnacles on this peak and we were on the furthest east. The final crux move looked like 3+ but once I got to it, I realized it had consequences if I fell and I could not get a good purchase for my foot or hands. It took about 20 combinations before I could find a way to lift me up the crux safely and I am guessing that it might have been a lower class 5 crux. At the pinnacle top I could now see this was not the true summit once again but there was a fun looking traverse from here.

HC tried to make the crux move but after several attempts was not comfortable making the move without being on a rope and I suggested he downclimb and let me find another route from up top. One sub pinnacle over was an easy to climb chute but once I inspected the traverse there was more exposure on the upclimb than either of us signed up for especially in snow and microspikes. So, I climbed back down the new chute I located and rejoined HC below. Around the corner near the true peak was an easy class 2+ and 3 ascent that we both made easily. Bottom line, there are easy lower class scrambling routes up this peak but there are found up against the true peak and further west on the ridge. The material on the eastern side of the ridge is a bit more challenging so you can pretty much pick whatever you are looking for.

On the way down, I made an easy beeline for the car and kept us on a very exact bearing through woods and the snow was a soft blanket on our spikes

Final note. The views from this peak were excellent because of the prominence and clear skies. Best view I have seen anywhere in this state park.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1208 ft / 367 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1208 ft / 367 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
34F beautiful day!
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1183 ft / 360 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 988 ft / 301 m; Extra: 195 ft / 59m
    Loss on way in:195 ft / 59 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Bushwhack south by SW to ridge
    Start Trailhead:Mule Deer parking off of Gap Road  9400 ft / 2865 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1013 ft / 308 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 988 ft / 301 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:similar in reverse
    End Trailhead:same  9400 ft / 2865 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-18

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tremont Mountain2017-10-29 a1208 ft / 368 m
2Windy Peak2017-10-29 b2051 ft / 625 m
Total Trip Gain: 3259 ft / 993 m    Total Trip Loss: 3259 ft / 993 m

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