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This might not be the most flattering photo ever of John, but what do you expect? We left my house in Boise at 5am and had to start the day with headlamps. This was about 1/2 an hour later.

You'll see the start of the climb later... like we did, in the light of afternoon.

Trailhead

So as it got light, this is what the ridge looked like. We had already toiled up the steepest part, and now it was looking "easier."

Trail

We had been climbing for a little over an hour when the sun hit Danskin Peak. I had been up Danskin with Steve (DeltaOperator) a couple weeks ago.

Trail

After about two hours we hit full sunshine. Any warmth gained here was more than compensated by the building wind; it was blowing a steady 25 mph.

But at least we could finally see our objective: the pointy thing dead center in the photo. But first, we had to navigate the ridge demarked by the trees on the north side. We never went into the trees. Instead, we wrassled our way through the crux of this climb: alder and buckbrush. Combined with the deepening snow this started to be work, even though the snow was super powdery.

Trail

Just below the ridgetop, we put on snowshoes because the snow was deeper and the brush thinner (although Michael, ahead, plowed on without his for a little longer). Looking up, there were intermittent snow plumes emanating from the ridge top, and we thought we'd rather skip that. So here we traversed, hoping to avoid the wind.

As it turns out, we didn't get that choice. We fought the wind all along the 1.5 miles of ridge between here and the summit. If you tried to hide below the lee side, you got a free dermabrasion with snow pellets. Or if you hiked right on top, you got pushed around. After checking our pain treshhold with the dermabrasion, we chose pushed around.

Low on the ridge

We summitted at 11:15, a little over four hours from the car. In this photo, we're standing on the lee side of the old lookout platform; the summit was just too windy (and thus, cold) to hang out.

But the panorama below shows some of the foundation, along with a whole lot of Idaho.This is looking sort of east/southeast, and includes some of the ridge road (on the far right) we had hiked.

Summit
Summit

It wasn't long before my toes started to feel cold. Time to head down.

This picture is after reversing the ridge traverse and starting back down. We'll be on the snowy ridge on the right, behind the tree. The little red arrow shows the parking area.

Jumbo

As we neared the parking area, I paused for this photo of the bottom of our ascent ridge.

Many thanks to Idaho Summits and Hiking in Idaho for the beta that kept us from hiking the 'death alder.'

As you can tell by the parkas at the end of the day, this was a cold one. A little over 20° at the start, then a considerable wind chill.

John's trip report

Neuman Peak

A couple notes about the drive:

First, this was only about a 90 minute drive. Excellent!

Second, the road to Prairie was surprisingly snowy and even icy. Some sections are quite steep, and my caution due to driving a 'new' car made it seem like we were really crawling. But my caution seems well-placed; on the way home we saw evidence of several slide-offs.

Third, the 'new' rig did great, and I think it's going to go a long way to supporting Big Oil. I even made the shift into 4WD (required on the return when the wheels started spinning on one of the icier hills). As a bonus, now it isn't so damn shiny anymore (and the smell of ArmorAll has been replaced with that ever-so-familiar sweaty foot odor). Suggestions for a name for this beast are currently being accepted!

Neuman Peak

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