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North America, United States, Wyoming, Wind River Range, Goat Flat, Bomber Lake Arête

Goat Flat, Bomber Lake Arête. On September 5, Fred Beckey and I climbed a long, low-angled ridge south of Bomber Lake in the northern Wind River Range. The ridge leads to Goat Flat, an enormous, flat plateau south of the Bomber Creek drainage. The majority of the 1,500-foot ridge was 4th-class climbing with short sections of lower 5th class. We climbed unroped for all but the final 120 feet of the ridge, which Fred led via 5.6 slabs right on the very crest of the arête (II 5.6). In his mid-70s, Fred looked pretty old while walking along the trail. When he climbed, however, he had the grace and style of a 20-year old.

Cameron M. Burns