Climbing Squaw Peak – October 22, 2012


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Here’s a few photos from our climb of Squaw Peak, 7996 feet, (renamed Ch-Paa-Qn recently) on October 22nd, 2012. Connor Given, Nick Worden and Ozzy, Spencer Goetter and Sasha, and myself did the two-hour hike in a good snow squall, which made this normally easy hike a technical one.

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Spencer and Sasha on the trail
On the trail -Reservation Divide - Ch-paa-qn
Who doesn't love this DEG! (yes it's pronouced DEG not dog)
Sasha girl
Sasha was intent on chasing something....
Sasha looks for prey
Sasha and Spencer prepare to brawl
Spencer vs Sasha
Guess who wins?
Spencer and Sasha too
Daryl hikes onto the talus just below treeline
D hikes onto the talus - Ch-paa-qn
I can't take enough photos of this beautifiul DEG!
Sasha number one million
Spencer and Sasha at treeline on Squaw Peak
treeline on Squaw - Ch-paa-qn
Spencer and Sasha on the windy summit
Summit of Squaw Peak Montana
Nick, Connor, and Spencer on the summit
Connor, Nick, Spencer on Squaw Peak - Ch-paa-qn
Daryl and Nick hunker down on the summit of Squaw
Daryl and Nick on the summit
Summit shot, don't you love the weather! The views are marvelous!
Connor Spencer and Nick
Sasha's snowy nose....
Sasha has a snowy nose
...mmm, delicious!!
Sasha licks that nose
who loves who more??
who loves who more Sasha or Spencer
Spencer strikes a stoic pose
Spencer's stoic pose
Descending on snow-covered talus - note my hands in my pockets!
descending Squaw Peak - Ch-paa-qn
The parking lot was bare when we left!!
Reservation Divide Trailhead - Ch-paa-qn

 

We left the Reservation Divide trailhead, the shortest route to the summit, and about two hours later were standing on the top. This is one of the shortest times I’ve ever stood on a summit, which totaled about 5-6 minutes. Typically, the first climb of the winter season reminds you a bunch of things you’ve forgotten since last year, similar to how everyone forgets how to drive in the snow and therefore plays bumper cars the first snowy day each season.

On this trip, that amounted to Nick being the only one to who remembered gloves or trekking poles, which we really needed. Neither Connor or Spencer wore ‘long johns,’ and both Connor and I were set to wear sneakers or Chacos until we came to our senses and opted for boots at the trailhead. Yeah, bone-headed to be sure, but hey, we’re no worse for the wear!

This was Connor’s second winter summit, as he just relocated to Missoula from Kentucky. Spencer and Sasha made a surprise visit from Astoria, Oregon. Spencer was our roommate there, a great friend, and is the head brewer at Fort George Brewery, my favorite!

Hopping across the snow-covered talus was the most exciting part of the trip, especially without the security afforded by trekking poles. But hey, we did it! No frostbite, either!!

As an aside, I maintain the summitpost.org page for Ch-Paa-Qn, which is here: http://www.summitpost.org/ch-paa-qn-peak-squaw-peak/393990

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