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Gannett Peak in 55 Hours

 
Gannett Peak in 55 Hours

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Wyoming, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.18440°N / 109.653°W

Object Title: Gannett Peak in 55 Hours

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 2, 2009

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Summer

 

Page By: Brian Kalet

Created/Edited: Aug 6, 2009 / Aug 6, 2009

Object ID: 537900

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Page Score: 79.04%  - 10 Votes 

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Stats & Intro

Peak Name
Gannett Peak
WY Elevation & Prominence Rank
1
Contiguous US Prominence Rank
15
Contiguous US Elevation Rank
132
Elevation
13804'
Prominence
7074'


Distance: ~42 miles
Elevation Gain: ~10,200’
Time: 55 hours
Trailhead: Pole Creek
Participants: Brian Kalet, Colin Fain, Evan Blumberg & Wes Lloyd


Our plan was to climb Gannett Peak in three days. The three day time frame would allow us to quickly climb the peak without any sleep deprivation. We drove to the Pole Creek Trailhead late Friday night and were surprised to see so many cars in the large parking lot. We quickly set up camp and went to sleep.

Day 1

We started the 17 mile hike to Titcomb Basin via the Pole Creek Trail, Seneca Lake Trail, India Basin Trail and Titcomb Basin Trail Saturday morning carrying ropes, snow pickets and ice screws. I spoke with climbers descending that stated they used a rope to cross the bergshcrund above the Gooseneck Glacier. Luckily, I ran into fellow climbers Sarah and Dominic, who claimed no rope was currently necessary for Gannett and that there was a snowbridge across the bergschrund. We arrived at our idyllic campsite in Titcomb Basin 8 hours after departing from the trailhead. I decided to sleep under the stars since the weather looked favorable; I was welcomed by the moonrise and a great display of stars.



Colin, Wes & Evan, from left to right, making final preparations. Photo: Brian Kalet


The Wind Rivers from near Photographers Point. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Fremont Peak from near Photographers Point. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Barbara Lake. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Hobbs Lake. Photo: Brian Kalet


Fremont Peak & Jackson Peak from Seneca Lake. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Little Seneca Lake. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Mount Woodrow Wilson from Island Lake. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Fremont Peak from Island Lake. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Colin & Evan, from left to right, above Titcomb Lakes. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Moonrise over Mount Sacagawea. Photo: Wes Lloyd

Day 2

We all slept in and leisurely prepared for the ascent, not leaving camp until 7 am. First, we approached Bonney Pass on foot, then put on crampons and started climbing frozen snow to Bonney Pass. Looking back, we had great views of Mount Helen. At the top of the pass, we got our first full view of our objective. We took off our crampons to begin the descent to the Dinwoody Galcier, but after seeing continuous snow, quickly re-donned crampons for the descent. Traversing the Dinwoody Glacier was easy, seeing only a few benign crevasses. After reaching the northern end of the Dinwoody Glacier, we traversed north on talus to the Gooseneck Glacier. We then climbed moderately steep snow to towards Gooseneck Pinnacle. We crossed the bergschrund at the base of the Gooseneck Couloir, then climbed the couloir to gain Gannett's south ridge. We followed the south ridge on a mixture of rock and snow to the final summit ridge. The summit ridge had some decent exposure, but was easy. In short time we were at the summit four hours and forty minutes after leaving our camp in Titcomb Basin. We were surprised we so no other parties en route and enjoyed nearly perfect weather on the summit for 45 minutes before heading down the ridge. The descent was uneventful, but we were cautious with to monitor balling on our crampons. We arrived back at camp 9 and a half hours after leaving in the morning. We ate, drank and celebrated our climb.



Our campsite in Titcomb Basin. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Bonney Pass. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Climbing Bonney Pass with Mount Helen in the background. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Titcomb Lakes from Bonney Pass. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Gannett Peak from Bonney Pass. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Gannett Peak, Gooseneck Glacier and Dinwoody Glacier from Bonney Pass. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Colin & Evan on the Dinwoody Glacier. Bonney Pass in the background. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Brian, Colin & Evan approaching the northern end of the Dinwoody Glacier. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Evan & Colin traversing to the Gooseneck Glacier with Dinwoody Glacier & Bonney Pass in the background. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Brian, Evan & Colin, from right to left, approaching the snowbridge over the bergschrund above Gooseneck Glacier. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Evan & Colin, from left to right, climbing the Gooseneck Couloir. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Colin, Brian, Wes & Evan, from left to right, at the summit. Photo: Colin Fain


Brian in front of Turret Peak, Mount Warren, Doublet Peak & Dinwoody Peak, from left to right. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Brian descending the summit ridge. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Evan & Colin descending the summit ridge. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Gannett Peak and its hanging snowfield from its south ridge. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Looking down to the Dinwoody Canyon. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Brian descending the south ridge with Turret Peak, Mount Warren, Doublet Peak & Dinwoody Peak, from left to right, in the distance. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Colin & Evan, from left to right, descending the Gooseneck Couloir. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Gannett Peak, showing the crown and debris from a slab avalanche, taken from Bonney Pass. Photo: Wes Lloyd

Day 3

The next morning we all slept in again and slowly broke down camp. We started for the trailhead at 10 am. On the hike out, we passed many parties, which made us feel lucky not only for good weather, but solitude.



East Twin Peak, West Twin Peak & Mount Woodrow Wilson from Island Lake. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Brian, Colin & Evan, from front to back, descending the Seneca Lake Trail above Seneca Lake with Fremont Peak & Jackson Peak in the background. Photo: Wes Lloyd


The Wind Rivers from near Photographers Point. Photo: Wes Lloyd


Map. Annotation: Brian Kalet

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Gannett Peak

Comments


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cp0915Excellent pictures

cp0915

Voted 10/10

I never really gave much thought to Gannett Peak...until now. I need to head in there for awhile.

Thanks for the stoke!
Posted Aug 7, 2009 9:46 am

splattskiSkeets?

splattski

Voted 10/10

Thanks for the report.
One missing detail: How were the skeeters?
Posted Aug 7, 2009 9:49 am

Brian KaletRe: Skeets?

Brian Kalet

Hasn't voted

They were real bad until we reached our campsite the first night. The second night was a bit warmer and there were a few at our campsite.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 10:41 pm

Bill KerrAvalanche

Bill Kerr

Voted 10/10

What time of day did that peel off and how long after you were off the ridge? Looks like your route along the ridge was safe but the crown must have been close to your tracks.
Posted Aug 7, 2009 10:35 am

Brian KaletRe: Avalanche

Brian Kalet

Hasn't voted

We did not witness the avalanche. It could have been days to weeks old.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 10:43 pm

GarfimiGannett

Garfimi

Voted 10/10

Peak is one I will be marking down for next year. This was a great trip report and had wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing. I've got the fever.
Posted Aug 7, 2009 10:33 pm

ClimbingRandyGlissading

ClimbingRandy

Hasn't voted

Love the TR guys. I'm planning on a similar schedule this July. I suspect we will have a bit more snow. Where you guys able to glissade either sides of Bonney Pass?

RJ
Posted Jun 4, 2013 5:30 pm

Brian KaletRe: Glissading

Brian Kalet

Hasn't voted

We did not glissade either side of Bonney Pass. Conditions for glissading will likely be better in July...
Posted Jun 4, 2013 6:01 pm

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