Lemhi trip -- Big Creek Peak and Pahsimeroi #2 (Flatiron)

Lemhi trip -- Big Creek Peak and Pahsimeroi #2 (Flatiron)

pat
pat

May 19th, 2009, 12:41 am #1

Last Saturday, George, John, and I headed into the Lemhi's for some fresh air and sunshine. Our quest was two rather obscure 11'ers named Big Creek Peak and Pahsimeroi #2 (Flatiron). This was an excellent adventure. We started from the Big Creek Campground on the west side by ascending a rocky ridge of mountain mahogany ("the mahogback"). The snow began around 7800 feet. Essentially we did a 9 mile loop with about 6,000 vertical. By the end of the day we were high centering in the soft snow. It was so exhausting that the following day we did not join Dave, Brandon, and Mike on their Bell Mountain quest. Instead we hiked up Bassinger Creek, sat in the grass, and witnessed someone top out on that impressive summit.

Big Creek and Pahsimeroi#2 (Flatiron)


George and John on ridge at about 10,000 feet


Heading to Big Creek


John descending Flatiron


George and John on Big Creek.


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Wes
Wes

May 19th, 2009, 1:08 am #2

Big Day, that's the edge of the earth out there. Did you go up the North fork and hit Big Cr. Peak first? Either way, that a lot of miles. Good stuff!
Looks like several people got out! Looks like Dave was able to make the top of Bell, I'm waiting to see his TR.
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pat
pat

May 19th, 2009, 1:55 am #3

Wes,

We started on the steep ridge directly above the campground, traversed over 10,161, across 10,531, over Flatiron, did Big Creek Pk and then down to the North Fork. Walked back to the car on the North Fork trail.

Pat
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Dave
Dave

May 19th, 2009, 3:42 am #4

Last Saturday, George, John, and I headed into the Lemhi's for some fresh air and sunshine. Our quest was two rather obscure 11'ers named Big Creek Peak and Pahsimeroi #2 (Flatiron). This was an excellent adventure. We started from the Big Creek Campground on the west side by ascending a rocky ridge of mountain mahogany ("the mahogback"). The snow began around 7800 feet. Essentially we did a 9 mile loop with about 6,000 vertical. By the end of the day we were high centering in the soft snow. It was so exhausting that the following day we did not join Dave, Brandon, and Mike on their Bell Mountain quest. Instead we hiked up Bassinger Creek, sat in the grass, and witnessed someone top out on that impressive summit.

Big Creek and Pahsimeroi#2 (Flatiron)


George and John on ridge at about 10,000 feet


Heading to Big Creek


John descending Flatiron


George and John on Big Creek.

Great pics Pat! Here's the trip report from what we were up to while you guys were recovering from your "mahogback" mini epic:

http://idahoalpinezone.com/index.php?p=2_49

Sorry for the delay Wes.
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May 19th, 2009, 5:09 am #5

Last Saturday, George, John, and I headed into the Lemhi's for some fresh air and sunshine. Our quest was two rather obscure 11'ers named Big Creek Peak and Pahsimeroi #2 (Flatiron). This was an excellent adventure. We started from the Big Creek Campground on the west side by ascending a rocky ridge of mountain mahogany ("the mahogback"). The snow began around 7800 feet. Essentially we did a 9 mile loop with about 6,000 vertical. By the end of the day we were high centering in the soft snow. It was so exhausting that the following day we did not join Dave, Brandon, and Mike on their Bell Mountain quest. Instead we hiked up Bassinger Creek, sat in the grass, and witnessed someone top out on that impressive summit.

Big Creek and Pahsimeroi#2 (Flatiron)


George and John on ridge at about 10,000 feet


Heading to Big Creek


John descending Flatiron


George and John on Big Creek.

Pat, I think you're underestimating the mileage. I count 10 "map" miles. Not sure what fudge factor is appropriate to get to real miles, but I would guess 10 or 15% more.


Here's my favorite____________________________________________________________ but then again, I do like a good glissade:



If you look real close, you might be able to spot Dave. This picture was taken just a few seconds after some hooting & hollering came our way from the top of Bell:


-George
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Wes
Wes

May 20th, 2009, 4:11 pm #6

Great pics Pat! Here's the trip report from what we were up to while you guys were recovering from your "mahogback" mini epic:

http://idahoalpinezone.com/index.php?p=2_49

Sorry for the delay Wes.
Good TR Dave, way to stick it out! Bell in good snow is tricky business, glad you guys didn't get swallowed. I talked to Brandon, he's ready for some redemption.
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Mike F.
Mike F.

May 20th, 2009, 7:44 pm #7

Great pics Pat! Here's the trip report from what we were up to while you guys were recovering from your "mahogback" mini epic:

http://idahoalpinezone.com/index.php?p=2_49

Sorry for the delay Wes.
How bad are the roads to get to the trail head? I would like to do this climb but I am afraid my Subaru may not make it.any help would be appreciated and congrats on the summit.
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Dave
Dave

May 20th, 2009, 9:17 pm #8

Thanks Mike. Its a great climb, but you'll probably want a few days of hard freezing up high to consolidate the snow. We saw lots of wet slide avalanche activity on the summit block.

The road to the mouth of Basinger Canyon should be passable in a Suby with some skillful driving, so you could probably start there. We drove up the canyon to about 7600' to start hiking, but you need higher clearance to get that far.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

May 20th, 2009, 10:47 pm #9

Thanks for the help.I am planning taking my chances the second week of june. hopfully the snow consolidates a bit more by then
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