Elevation: 12,140 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is on Pages 278, 280 and 281 of the book. Also, see Wes Collin’s article on The Lost River Traverse in the Climbing History Section.
Mount Breitenbach is Idaho’s 5th-highest summit and is located in the Lost River Mountain Range. It is one of the nine Idaho 12ers. It’s a toss up between this 12er and Mount Borah as to which peak possesses the most impressive North Face. While Borah’s North Face hangs on to its snow and ice and sees more ascents, in my opinion, Breitenbach wins the North Face competition. Read about the North Face at this link: Mount Breitenbach’s North Face – North East Ridge and First Ascent.
This page has additional information and photos about Breitenbach’s South Ridge Route (the standard approach) as well as information on a West Face approach to the summit. Links to additional information are provided following the photo essays. USGS Leatherman Peak
South Ridge Route via Pete Creek, Class 3
The South Ridge Route described in the book has better footing than you might think from viewing the following photographs. Still, there is enough talus to make it an arduous climb when the snow is completely gone.
West Face Route via Jones Creek, Class 3
I have only descended this route and, while it is not too difficult technically, the rotten rock and long walk up Jones Creek make it much harder than the South Ridge Route.
Visit these pages for additional information
- Mount Breitenbach’s North Face – North East Ridge and First Ascent.
- Larry Prescott’s Trip Report, with outstanding photography of the South Ridge route and surrounding peaks.
- March 13, 2015, Winter Ascent of the South Ridge Route: Eric Newell’s Photo Essay.