George, John, and I returned today from a memorable road trip to some of Idahoâs most obscure peaks. We began our journey with a little loop in the Lemhiâs consisting of Nicholson Peak, Peak 10965, Little Diamond, and Black & White Peak . We then made our way to Wildhorse Basin to finish off with Gabrielleâs Horn (11,641), Boulder Lake Peak (11,080), and Peak 11270.
Our Lemhi adventure featured a restless, windy night on the ridge crest near B&W Peak. Lighting pounded away across the valley until midnight and the wind timed its blasts perfectly to awaken us just as we were about to fall asleep.
Two days later, despite being in the vicinity of such divinely named summits as Angelâs Perch and Gabrielleâs Horn, we endured a âTraverse from Hellâ of the NW ridge/face of Gabrielleâs. Eight hours of nonstop scrambling including a little rope work, lead us to the summit whose only registrant was Mr. Baugher in 2005. No wonder.
The following day on the top of Boulder Lake Peak, there was no sign of Mr. Baugher or any other visitor. George had to pull out the carpenterâs level to assure we actually were on the high point before building a cairn and leaving a register on that stellar summit.
Peak 11,270 also turned out to be a real gem.
John and George approaching our bivouac near Black and White Peak.
John and George on NW Ridge of Gabrielleâs Horn
Is this the true summit? George lining up the level on the top of Boulder Lake Peak.
Peak 11,270 and friend.
Hiking down from Peak 11,270 with Howard Peak in the background.