May 6, 2000
Though the weather looked a little “iffy” during the week,
Saturday morning turned out to be' spectacularly blue and sunny for our
climb of Diamond Peak. We numbered 13 in all and most of the group was
comprised of attendees of the Obsidian Climb School, this being their
“graduation” climb. There were also a few veterans along, including
George Jobanek and Jim Pearce. We hit the Pioneer Gulch trailhead
at about 8:50 and hiked fully a half mile before encountering any snow.
We made steady progress and eventually surmounted the southwest ridgeline
and thence the south peak. Several climbers, including Don Gilman,
Dave Strutin, Bob Burnett, and others went ahead and made the summit
at about 12:45, while the rest of us gradually arrived up until 1:45.
The wind was light and the temperature 31 degrees. Upon crossing back
to the south peak we encountered Margy Riggs, who had trailed behind
but had kept steadily climbing. This being her first climb ever and
still feeling well, she expressed a desire to at least make it to
the south summit, which we heartily endorsed. After several minutes
she was there and was photographed for posterity. Following a bearing
of S 62 W, the group continued its descent directly down the southwest ridge.
This eventually took us into the trees and across some undulating terrain.
Small hillocks afforded us the opportunity to look again upon Diamond and
check our back-azimuth to the south summit. Meanwhile, Kristine Nelson’s
sporadically flying snowballs kept us on the watch! After resting at a warm,
sunny basalt outcropping and taking in our last look at Diamond, we resumed
our bearing and bushwhacked down a steep and tangled slope.
This eventually flattened out, and after descending a draw and crossing
more flat ground, we came out exactly at the trailhead and our cars.
Somehow having found a “spatial incongruity” in the woods, Kristine,
Deb, and Rena were already there waiting for us when we arrived.
Summit certificates were handed out to everyone, including Margy,
whose tenacity earned her a certificate for the south summit of
Diamond Peak. The group was a great one to climb with-congratulations to all!
Other successful “summiteers” included Deb Eldridge,
Brad and Ruthie Mochlmann, John Driscoll and Rena Gold. Climb leader: Karl Kriegh.