Storm Mountain - May 19, 2018

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Well, I was back with the Wasatch Mountain club today to knock off a peak I hadn't climbed before named Storm Mountain. Our approach was via Ferguson Canyon, and instead of the traditional route to the top from the southeast once at the top of the canyon, we approached the summit from the west for some nice scrambling opportunities along with a touch of exposure. It took us four hours to reach the top where we ate lunch. While up top, storm clouds began to gather so we made our way down the traditional route and ended up getting rained on.

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View to the south in the lower portion of Ferguson Canyon

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Another view along the south ridge

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More of the south ridge

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Glacier Lilly in bloom

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Look back down Ferguson Canyon to the Salt Lake Valley

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Bad sun angle, but we could now see Storm Mountain ahead of us.

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Ridge line to the south

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Wildcat Ridge to the north

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Storm Mountain

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Beginning to scramble

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Mount Olympus to the north

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Slowly making our way

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Ridge to the south

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Pretty much straight up at this point

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Peak 10,350

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More vertical

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Making our way around a little ledge

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Still a steep ascent

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Scatman closing in on the top

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A dead pine along the western ridge

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Lichen

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And more lichen

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Views from the top. Broadsfork Twin Peaks can be seen through the saddle

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Close up of Broadsfork Twin Peaks starting to become cloud covered

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View from the top - looking up Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Wasatch Mountain Club members plus Jr. on top

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Scat and Scat Jr. on top

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Moving along the knife's edge on our way down

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Starting to down climb

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Alex is surfing down the scree on a flat stone

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Small waterfall on Ferguson Creek

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Some rock climbers practicing their trade towards the bottom of the canyon
 

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I’m a lookin.. and I’m a lichen.

Seriously though, I don’t doubt you or your club’s decision-making one bit. But that photo you captioned “starting the climb down” looks sketchy!
 
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I’m a lookin.. and I’m a lichen.

Seriously though, I don’t doubt you or your club’s decision-making one bit. But that photo you captioned “starting the climb down” looks sketchy!

It's really not that bad. Just after my son, you turn back to the west and it is pretty straight forward.
 

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Nice one @scatman !! Although I am disappointed that a kilt was not worn, I can understand why it could problematic on that cliff scramble/climb.
 

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Oh my gosh...this trip report gave me anxiety haha
Amazing what people can do! This was probably a casual thing for your group, but comes across as very brave to someone like me! :twothumbs: Thanks for sharing!
 

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Nice one @scatman !! Although I am disappointed that a kilt was not worn, I can understand why it could problematic on that cliff scramble/climb.

It wasn't the scrambling that kept me from wearing the kilt, it was the trail conditions. Some of the trail has quite a bit of brush growing out into it and I did not want to get my legs all scraped up - plus the bushwhacking portion. I know, I'm getting soft in my old age. :(
 
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Oh my gosh...this trip report gave me anxiety haha
Amazing what people can do! This was probably a casual thing for your group, but comes across as very brave to someone like me! :twothumbs: Thanks for sharing!

You'd have done just fine, I'm sure. :twothumbs:
 
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