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The Tusk (South Chaffin Peak), Bitterroots

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Date: July 22, 2017 Trip Leader: Forest Dean
This trip had originally been scheduled to take place on the second weekend in June.  However, rain (remember what that is?) interfered with those plans and I postponed it.  On Friday, the 21st, I had the sudden realization that I could get out for the day on Saturday.  I contacted those who had expressed interest and/or were planning to go back in June.  Unfortunately none of them were available on short notice.  Thus, I became a party of one.  I actually wouldn’t at that point even really have called this a “Club” trip; however, this is a very rarely climbed peak and I thought it may be of interest to others- thus, I am posting here.
I began hiking up the Chaffin Creek trail at 7:45am.  Relatively uneventful hike up to the three beautiful lakes (Hart, Tamarack, Chaffin).  Between Tamarack and Chaffin Lakes I crossed the stream and began ascending a wide boulder covered ramp south of Chaffin Lake.  Basically I was taking as direct of a li…