I'm really into goals, the more obscure the better. I'm working on climbing the 11th highest volcano on each continent. So far I've done one... but hey, it's a life goal.
For this year I've set a myself a somewhat less lofty, but still obscure goal: "climb" the highpoint in each of Idaho's wilderness areas. . Climb is in quotes because truthfully none of them are really all that difficult. Beautiful, challenging at times because one must place on foot in front of the other for more times in one day than some Americans do in a month*, but not hanging off rock faces challenging. With any luck I'll summit all the Idaho Wilderness Seven Summits before the snow falls again.
Idaho Wilderness Seven Summits
|Wilderness Area||Highpoint||Elev. (ft)|
|Craters of the Moon||Big Cinder Butte||6,515|
|Hells Canyon||He Devil||9,409|
|Frank Church||Mount McGuire||10,082|
|White Clouds**||Castle Peak||11,815|
** Ok, so the White Clouds isn't a Wilderness yet, you got me. But it's a great climb in a great location. Plus I'll already have achieved the metric just in case it ever gets approved.
The most difficult are Class III scrambles in remote terrain, the easiest is a short skip up a petrified zit. So I started with the zit, though I did choose to go before the park opened up the roads and part of the Butte was still snow covered to make it a wee bit more interesting. I invited the folks in Idaho Mountain Recreation to tag along and two of them took me up on the offer.
Big Cinder Butte Highlights
That is a really, really strange landscape
The mars rover has to be around her somewhere
A strangely habitable "summit"
On top with Big Southern Butte in the background
Red lava fingers
Red rock I took a lichen to
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