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Ultras in MT on Labor Day Weekend

Postby spiderman » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:51 am

We are considering a trip to two Montana ultraprominence peaks during Labor Day weekend: Crazy and McDonald Peaks. From a brief look on the route descriptions on summitpost, the combined elevation gain is 10-11k. Very roughly the drive from Denver area would be 9h to the Crazy Peak TH and from there another 4h to the McDonald TH. We would leave mid-afternoon on Friday and comeback either wickedly late on Monday night or early Tuesday morning. If you have interest in long road trips and climbing remote peaks, give us a PM and we can figure out logistics and more closely examine the routes.

Any fresh beta on these peaks would also be appreciated.
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Re: Ultras in MT on Labor Day Weekend

Postby rijaca » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:03 pm

McDonald Peak on 8/22/12....

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Re: Ultras in MT on Labor Day Weekend

Postby ChrisinAZ » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:38 am

If it wasn't for my exam Tuesday morning, I would SO go on this trip! Ah, well...

Regarding McDonald, are you sure there's legal access from whatever route you're doing? I think I've heard they shut down access every year after July 15 for some length of time because of the grizz.
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Re: Ultras in MT on Labor Day Weekend

Postby Scott P » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:53 am

Regarding McDonald, are you sure there's legal access from whatever route you're doing?


This is correct.

I don't think any of the routes have legal access access this time of year. The entire area around the peak is closed I believe.

Unless things have changed (haven't been there since the 1990's), you can still climb the other peaks in the range outside the immediate vicinity of McDonald.
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Re: Ultras in MT on Labor Day Weekend

Postby Matt » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:12 am

I would really like to climb these peaks at some point, but have plans for Labor Day weekend.
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Re: Ultras in MT on Labor Day Weekend

Postby spiderman » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:21 am

Thanks for the information about the status of McDonald. We will have to schedule a trip next summer. Anybody game for a Crazy-McDonald-Cleveland trip next July?

Maybe we should try to hit some of the Utah Ultras instead this Labor Day.

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