Rock Creek Basecamping

Rock Creek Basecamping

Geo
Geo

June 7th, 2011, 6:13 am #1

The weekend forecast was for bluebird days, so John R & I decided to head up Rock Ck (west side) last Friday afternoon to set up basecamp for attempts on Mountaineer & Al West. We've had this trip on our list for a few years, but I don't think either of us were planning on doing it so early in such a heavy snow year. The dream was we could pack in to about 9000' and lounge around a campfire next to the babbling brook while we enjoyed the views of Borah's north face before turning in for the night.

The reality was strapping on snowshoes at about 8500' and finally managing to find a level and bare spot just large enough for our tents (after a little shoveling with the snowshoes) at about 8880'. There was plenty of dry wood, but no water ...so, we were up melting snow by the campfire in a 1L kettle until 11:30 pm in order to fill our water bladders for Saturday's adventure. One of the bladders iced up inside the tent overnight.

We were NOT disappointed with the views.

Alpenglow from our camp (6/3/11):



Saturday morning we made our way up to the 9482' saddle and headed up the SW ridge for point 11715'


It took us almost 2 hours to break the code on the corniced ridge and travel the distance from 11715' to Mountaineer.


During that time, we witnessed several nerve-racking wet slides occurring behind us on the east side of Borah's north ridge.


After summiting, we decided against returning along the ridge in the direction of the slide activity. We opted instead to slide down (video linkage) the west side in the chute where Mahogany Ck begins and contour our way back to the saddle. (view from Al West on following day)


Sunday morning we climbed back up the 9482' saddle and headed up the NW ridge for Al West. A few rock steps...


...and after a not so short slog later, we sat down to take in the views before we headed back down to civilization.


All of the above pictures are linked to larger size. Link to slideshow of these pictures and many more.
-George
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June 7th, 2011, 12:43 pm #2

George-
Good job. I'm extremely jealous.
Your slideshow is way cool. Especially the pic of Borah NF at sunset.
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June 7th, 2011, 3:00 pm #3

The weekend forecast was for bluebird days, so John R & I decided to head up Rock Ck (west side) last Friday afternoon to set up basecamp for attempts on Mountaineer & Al West. We've had this trip on our list for a few years, but I don't think either of us were planning on doing it so early in such a heavy snow year. The dream was we could pack in to about 9000' and lounge around a campfire next to the babbling brook while we enjoyed the views of Borah's north face before turning in for the night.

The reality was strapping on snowshoes at about 8500' and finally managing to find a level and bare spot just large enough for our tents (after a little shoveling with the snowshoes) at about 8880'. There was plenty of dry wood, but no water ...so, we were up melting snow by the campfire in a 1L kettle until 11:30 pm in order to fill our water bladders for Saturday's adventure. One of the bladders iced up inside the tent overnight.

We were NOT disappointed with the views.

Alpenglow from our camp (6/3/11):



Saturday morning we made our way up to the 9482' saddle and headed up the SW ridge for point 11715'


It took us almost 2 hours to break the code on the corniced ridge and travel the distance from 11715' to Mountaineer.


During that time, we witnessed several nerve-racking wet slides occurring behind us on the east side of Borah's north ridge.


After summiting, we decided against returning along the ridge in the direction of the slide activity. We opted instead to slide down (video linkage) the west side in the chute where Mahogany Ck begins and contour our way back to the saddle. (view from Al West on following day)


Sunday morning we climbed back up the 9482' saddle and headed up the NW ridge for Al West. A few rock steps...


...and after a not so short slog later, we sat down to take in the views before we headed back down to civilization.


All of the above pictures are linked to larger size. Link to slideshow of these pictures and many more.
-George
What an awesome sunset. Looks like you guys really had great time.
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June 7th, 2011, 4:31 pm #4

The weekend forecast was for bluebird days, so John R & I decided to head up Rock Ck (west side) last Friday afternoon to set up basecamp for attempts on Mountaineer & Al West. We've had this trip on our list for a few years, but I don't think either of us were planning on doing it so early in such a heavy snow year. The dream was we could pack in to about 9000' and lounge around a campfire next to the babbling brook while we enjoyed the views of Borah's north face before turning in for the night.

The reality was strapping on snowshoes at about 8500' and finally managing to find a level and bare spot just large enough for our tents (after a little shoveling with the snowshoes) at about 8880'. There was plenty of dry wood, but no water ...so, we were up melting snow by the campfire in a 1L kettle until 11:30 pm in order to fill our water bladders for Saturday's adventure. One of the bladders iced up inside the tent overnight.

We were NOT disappointed with the views.

Alpenglow from our camp (6/3/11):



Saturday morning we made our way up to the 9482' saddle and headed up the SW ridge for point 11715'


It took us almost 2 hours to break the code on the corniced ridge and travel the distance from 11715' to Mountaineer.


During that time, we witnessed several nerve-racking wet slides occurring behind us on the east side of Borah's north ridge.


After summiting, we decided against returning along the ridge in the direction of the slide activity. We opted instead to slide down (video linkage) the west side in the chute where Mahogany Ck begins and contour our way back to the saddle. (view from Al West on following day)


Sunday morning we climbed back up the 9482' saddle and headed up the NW ridge for Al West. A few rock steps...


...and after a not so short slog later, we sat down to take in the views before we headed back down to civilization.


All of the above pictures are linked to larger size. Link to slideshow of these pictures and many more.
-George
Thanks for sharing, I loved the slide show you had.

Jacob R.
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June 7th, 2011, 11:05 pm #5

The weekend forecast was for bluebird days, so John R & I decided to head up Rock Ck (west side) last Friday afternoon to set up basecamp for attempts on Mountaineer & Al West. We've had this trip on our list for a few years, but I don't think either of us were planning on doing it so early in such a heavy snow year. The dream was we could pack in to about 9000' and lounge around a campfire next to the babbling brook while we enjoyed the views of Borah's north face before turning in for the night.

The reality was strapping on snowshoes at about 8500' and finally managing to find a level and bare spot just large enough for our tents (after a little shoveling with the snowshoes) at about 8880'. There was plenty of dry wood, but no water ...so, we were up melting snow by the campfire in a 1L kettle until 11:30 pm in order to fill our water bladders for Saturday's adventure. One of the bladders iced up inside the tent overnight.

We were NOT disappointed with the views.

Alpenglow from our camp (6/3/11):



Saturday morning we made our way up to the 9482' saddle and headed up the SW ridge for point 11715'


It took us almost 2 hours to break the code on the corniced ridge and travel the distance from 11715' to Mountaineer.


During that time, we witnessed several nerve-racking wet slides occurring behind us on the east side of Borah's north ridge.


After summiting, we decided against returning along the ridge in the direction of the slide activity. We opted instead to slide down (video linkage) the west side in the chute where Mahogany Ck begins and contour our way back to the saddle. (view from Al West on following day)


Sunday morning we climbed back up the 9482' saddle and headed up the NW ridge for Al West. A few rock steps...


...and after a not so short slog later, we sat down to take in the views before we headed back down to civilization.


All of the above pictures are linked to larger size. Link to slideshow of these pictures and many more.
-George
I love the NF Alpenglow! How's the road into Rock Creek?
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Geo
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June 8th, 2011, 2:00 am #6

Thanks all for your compliments.

The Rock Ck road is awesome by LRR standards. We took the 1st road up from Doublespring Road (about 1/3 mile from Hwy 93), which is the only one showing on the topo. There are 2 or 3 others that come in from the west not shown. There is a small man-made looking (shallow, trenched, straight) creek, probably 3 feet wide and less than a foot deep. At the end of the road (about 150 yds from the end), there's a cut bank road heading down to the creek and diversion dam. The road was fine, but we had to stop a couple of times and move rock out of the road that had rolled down off of the bank.

There's lots of snow up there being neglected, but it would be a challenge to pack skis in there. It takes a strong imagination to follow the "trail" and there are lots of thorns if you stray.

-George
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June 8th, 2011, 2:37 am #7

The weekend forecast was for bluebird days, so John R & I decided to head up Rock Ck (west side) last Friday afternoon to set up basecamp for attempts on Mountaineer & Al West. We've had this trip on our list for a few years, but I don't think either of us were planning on doing it so early in such a heavy snow year. The dream was we could pack in to about 9000' and lounge around a campfire next to the babbling brook while we enjoyed the views of Borah's north face before turning in for the night.

The reality was strapping on snowshoes at about 8500' and finally managing to find a level and bare spot just large enough for our tents (after a little shoveling with the snowshoes) at about 8880'. There was plenty of dry wood, but no water ...so, we were up melting snow by the campfire in a 1L kettle until 11:30 pm in order to fill our water bladders for Saturday's adventure. One of the bladders iced up inside the tent overnight.

We were NOT disappointed with the views.

Alpenglow from our camp (6/3/11):



Saturday morning we made our way up to the 9482' saddle and headed up the SW ridge for point 11715'


It took us almost 2 hours to break the code on the corniced ridge and travel the distance from 11715' to Mountaineer.


During that time, we witnessed several nerve-racking wet slides occurring behind us on the east side of Borah's north ridge.


After summiting, we decided against returning along the ridge in the direction of the slide activity. We opted instead to slide down (video linkage) the west side in the chute where Mahogany Ck begins and contour our way back to the saddle. (view from Al West on following day)


Sunday morning we climbed back up the 9482' saddle and headed up the NW ridge for Al West. A few rock steps...


...and after a not so short slog later, we sat down to take in the views before we headed back down to civilization.


All of the above pictures are linked to larger size. Link to slideshow of these pictures and many more.
-George
The glissade into the unknown territory, Mahogany Basin, on such a warm day without snowshoes was bold. It had posthole written all over it. Very nice climbs. Good pictures too.
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Geo
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June 8th, 2011, 3:31 am #8

Not only was it unknown, it was blind. You couldn't see below till you dropped over the hump into the 40 degree+ zone. You should have been there!

If the snow hadn't been so gummy on that side, I don't think we'd would have had the nerve. As it turns out, Stanky's Mountaineer SP page lists the ridge we went up as one route and the snow gully we went down as another snow climb option. It wouldn't have been much fun knowing that. Too much knowledge ruins a good adventure (and too little kills it).

...and yes, we had the posthole discussion before we shoved off (with visions of Altair racing through our heads).

-George
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SummitGirl
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June 8th, 2011, 2:03 pm #9

The weekend forecast was for bluebird days, so John R & I decided to head up Rock Ck (west side) last Friday afternoon to set up basecamp for attempts on Mountaineer & Al West. We've had this trip on our list for a few years, but I don't think either of us were planning on doing it so early in such a heavy snow year. The dream was we could pack in to about 9000' and lounge around a campfire next to the babbling brook while we enjoyed the views of Borah's north face before turning in for the night.

The reality was strapping on snowshoes at about 8500' and finally managing to find a level and bare spot just large enough for our tents (after a little shoveling with the snowshoes) at about 8880'. There was plenty of dry wood, but no water ...so, we were up melting snow by the campfire in a 1L kettle until 11:30 pm in order to fill our water bladders for Saturday's adventure. One of the bladders iced up inside the tent overnight.

We were NOT disappointed with the views.

Alpenglow from our camp (6/3/11):



Saturday morning we made our way up to the 9482' saddle and headed up the SW ridge for point 11715'


It took us almost 2 hours to break the code on the corniced ridge and travel the distance from 11715' to Mountaineer.


During that time, we witnessed several nerve-racking wet slides occurring behind us on the east side of Borah's north ridge.


After summiting, we decided against returning along the ridge in the direction of the slide activity. We opted instead to slide down (video linkage) the west side in the chute where Mahogany Ck begins and contour our way back to the saddle. (view from Al West on following day)


Sunday morning we climbed back up the 9482' saddle and headed up the NW ridge for Al West. A few rock steps...


...and after a not so short slog later, we sat down to take in the views before we headed back down to civilization.


All of the above pictures are linked to larger size. Link to slideshow of these pictures and many more.
-George
Great photos, great climb. Thanks for sharing.
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Ryan S
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June 8th, 2011, 10:03 pm #10

The weekend forecast was for bluebird days, so John R & I decided to head up Rock Ck (west side) last Friday afternoon to set up basecamp for attempts on Mountaineer & Al West. We've had this trip on our list for a few years, but I don't think either of us were planning on doing it so early in such a heavy snow year. The dream was we could pack in to about 9000' and lounge around a campfire next to the babbling brook while we enjoyed the views of Borah's north face before turning in for the night.

The reality was strapping on snowshoes at about 8500' and finally managing to find a level and bare spot just large enough for our tents (after a little shoveling with the snowshoes) at about 8880'. There was plenty of dry wood, but no water ...so, we were up melting snow by the campfire in a 1L kettle until 11:30 pm in order to fill our water bladders for Saturday's adventure. One of the bladders iced up inside the tent overnight.

We were NOT disappointed with the views.

Alpenglow from our camp (6/3/11):



Saturday morning we made our way up to the 9482' saddle and headed up the SW ridge for point 11715'


It took us almost 2 hours to break the code on the corniced ridge and travel the distance from 11715' to Mountaineer.


During that time, we witnessed several nerve-racking wet slides occurring behind us on the east side of Borah's north ridge.


After summiting, we decided against returning along the ridge in the direction of the slide activity. We opted instead to slide down (video linkage) the west side in the chute where Mahogany Ck begins and contour our way back to the saddle. (view from Al West on following day)


Sunday morning we climbed back up the 9482' saddle and headed up the NW ridge for Al West. A few rock steps...


...and after a not so short slog later, we sat down to take in the views before we headed back down to civilization.


All of the above pictures are linked to larger size. Link to slideshow of these pictures and many more.
-George
so many couloirs so little time...

I'm drooling over that line that drops into the north face of Borah and then out on to that apron.

Another line to put on the tick list

Thanks for sharing.
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