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For Oktoberfest we climb The Beast, my last peak in the Cly Basin.

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My ski buddy Cody calls this peak "The Beast" (if you follow the link, watch the video of their group skiing off this peak). Lacking another name, and preceding this visit, I'm going with that.

I've been in the Cly Basin a couple times over the last month, both times walking right by this peak without the time to try it. But I made the most of that proximity by looking for routes and taking lots of photos. This is the view as you approach The Beast from Tsum Lake, but while this shows our route, this is not a view you get on today's climb.

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But let's start at the beginning. Jeff was visiting from Salmon and wanted to get out. Glad to oblige. We left the trailhead at about 8:15. NOAA said chance of rain, the skies were gray.

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By the time we got into the upper Cly basin, there was blue showing and the gorgeousness was in full swing. Cly #3.

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I love the fall. Cly #4.

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Between Cly #4 and Cly #5 there is this really cool waterway/elk wallow.

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Cly #5.

By now, we were climbing on our way up the peak.

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Art and I like to actively discuss our route choices. Is that a good description, Jeff?

Anyway, I had studied this peak and had a plan. Traverse the boulder field, then head up a gully on the right shoulder. Despite having a contrary opinion, Art bent to my will.

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There's the gully.

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And there's the shoulder.

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A few scrambly moves through the rocks and Art was making grand proclamations on the summit. "I'm the first." "I'm king of the world." Or make up your own.

That's Sam's black head and orange hunting flag in the foreground, and Cly #2 just to the right of Art's knee.

Cly Peak behind Jeff and I.

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Looking northerly, that's Cly Basin Peak in the foreground with Hum Ridge behind.

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Tsum Peak and Tsum Lake to the south.

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It was windy on top and there was beer at the McPaw's Oktoberfest, so after marveling at the views for about half an hour, we had to head out. This is Class 2, but super steep and loose. Trailhead
On the descent, we used Art's method of traversing the hillside (note the loop on the map below), which worked out great. Trailhead

Map

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