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Getting over 10k in January on Edelman Peak.

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I had been thinking of Edelman Peak for quite some time, having identified it as a possible winter ascent. When the weather prediction went stellar (clear, low 10, high 30), I sent out a general invite. I got a mixed response; John was heading for Mexico, Tom was in Hawaii, and Michael had our similar winter climb of Copper Mountain still fresh in his mind.

From the car on the way home, there's our peak with Edelman Canyon on the right. Note that the map mis-spells it as "Eidelman" but Rick Baugher straightened that out for us.

Eventually we had a carful headed for the DK Hotel in Arco. The next morning, we did the 1:20 drive to the Nicholia turnoff. The road was both plowed and well used. Step 1.

There were tire tracks in the snow on our road to Edelman Canyon. Step 2.

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And although we didn't quite make it to the mouth of the canyon, we were only 100 yards short. Step 3.

I think 10 degrees may have been optimistic. It was COLD.

While we were maneuvering, the skid plate on Steve's rig came partially unattached and was dragging in the snow. So we didn't fight that last 100 yards. Turn it off and we'll deal with it later.

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Now with thoroughly cold feet, Michael and I took off at a blood-warming sprint. But even with numb toes, it was worth stopping to admire the views.

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Instead of following the road, we made a bee line for the sun. Which also meant dry ground- bonus!

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Too bad the scenery wasn't better.

That's Diamond Peak, which I had climbed again last summer.

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From staring at the photo, I think they are ALL bulls. Trailhead

Is that our summit? Did we drag our snowshoes all the way up here for nothing?

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At about 9400', Michael determined that maybe snowshoes were in order.

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The angle as you near the summit gets quite low. If it weren't for the cairn, you'd think this slope went on forever.

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Looking back down the route. That's Michael. With Bell Mountain on the horizon.

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Summit.

There was a strong, cold breeze.

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Lemhi love.

We pretty much retraced our path after deciding that the potential loop ran the risk of not getting back to the car until after dark.

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Once off the top, it was quite warm. We took a slightly different route down this steep hillside. Steve is visible above Michael. Trailhead
One of several old mining cabins on or near our route. Trailhead

Back at the car.

Steve had a toolbox in the rig (good boy, Steve!), so I was able to unbolt the now bent-up skid plate.

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And then we were on the interminable drive back home.

But this group is always entertaining. And there was lots to look at. This is a very dry-looking Saddle Mountain, which we had climb in later December, 2011.

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And none of us had ever seen so many pronghorns in one place. This is just a small sample. They were on both sides of the road, scattered along about a mile or so. Trailhead

Map

 

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This map shows the gradient of the slopes on our peak. Trailhead
For comparison of a climb in the area at some future date, this was the snow depth for our climb as measured at the Beagle marker, about 12 miles north-northeast. Trailhead
And this is the view north from the Lone Pine highway web cam. Trailhead

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