|The Brow from Birch Creek Valley, Lemhi Range, Idaho|
Arose at 5:00 A.M. had a bite to eat and waited for the light. Made several images of the range around Diamond Peak.
|Big Boy Peak, The Riddler, Diamond Peak, and The Brow, Lemhi Range, Idaho|
|Little Diamond Peak, Black and White Peak (hidden), Shoshone John Peak, The Riddler, Diamond Peak, The Brow, Lemhi Range, Idaho|
|The Riddler, Diamond Peak, and The Brow, Lemhi Range, Idaho|
|Dome Peak, looking southwest, Lemhi Range Idaho|
|Shoshone John Peak, Big Boy Peak, The Riddler, and Diamond Peak, Lemhi Range, Idaho|
|Diamond Peak, Lemhi Range, Idaho|
The hike up the canyon was beautiful. Springs emerged from several places to feed the creek. They often disappeared and reemerged alone the way. A nice bonus of such a hike is drinking straight from icy cold mountain spring water.
As I neared the end of the canyon, I veered left. I could not get a good look at the mountain because of the trees. From what I could see and from looking at the face from the Birch Creek Valley earlier in the morning, I had pretty much decided on a line up the east face towards the south end. I also planned on coming down the east face on the north end to make the ridge leading to Lame Jake Peak.
A highlight of the trip was viewing the exotic north face of Diamond Peak. It looked like some foreign vista.
|North Face Diamond Peak, Lemhi Range, Idaho|
|Big Sister in foreground, The Iron Divide in center distance, Bell Mountain on right|
|Walking south along the ridge of The Brow|
|Summit peak of The Brow|
Bell Mountain on the left
Once off the mountain and onto the ridge leading to Lame Jake, I heard a loud swooshing sound and looked back over to the north face of The Brow. The steep north face of The Brow was sill laden with snow and a moderate slab of new snow had broken free near the top and was sliding down the mountain. It was a bit surreal to see it pick up speed on its way down. It looked quite harmless until it slammed into the side of large rocks and exploded dramatically into the air. I was amazed at the force hidden in so little snow. That must have been similar to what hit those guys on Moran.
|North Face of The Brow|
Avalanche slammed into the lower center rocks
You can see the dark stain continue on the right of the outcropping
|The ridge to Lame Jake Peak|
The three summits of Lame Jake
|Three peaks on right...Rust Peak, Incredible Hulk, and Meadow Peak in distance|
Lame Jake Peak on right and Rust Peak upper left
|Summit Cairn on Lame Jake looking back to Diamond and the Brow|
I began hiking at 7:40 A.M. and reached the summit of The Brow at 11:30 A.M. I am a leisurely hiker and take my time. I would think that a 3 hour summit is very doable for those who like to speed up mountains. I reached the summit of Lame Jake Peak at 1:00 P.M. and was back at my car at 2:40 P.M.
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