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jasonconnellRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: November 3rd 2002  Sucess!


My first time up this mountain, surely not my last.
Posted Dec 26, 2002 12:34 pm

DultonRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: November 3rd, 2002  Sucess!


Fun hike, lots of wind on the summit... you want Mt. Si on steriods?? Try Mailbox Peak! Granite is one of my favorite hikes along I-90 tho, great views, Baker, Glacier, Adams, and the lovely, dominating sentinal Rainier.
Posted Nov 16, 2002 8:08 pm

sixsigmafoolRoute Climbed: Regular trail Date Climbed: September 8, 2002  Sucess!
Heard about this peak on Friday, climbed it on Sunday morning. Great weather at the start, began to cloud over by the time I reached the fire tower. Thought it was going to be too warm, but the temperature really cooled off at the summit. Very nice climb. "Mt Si on steroids" is pretty close, but the open meadows on the top half really add to the enjoyment. Enjoyed huckleberries along the way as well.
Posted Sep 9, 2002 8:59 pm

magellanRoute Climbed: avalanche gully Date Climbed: april 11, 1999  Sucess!


This was my first snow climb. Plenty of it after this winter. The gully, or next to it preferably, gets up to 40 degrees. Big time snow loading is probable. Go early and climb quick. People all over the mountain today. Gorgeous, with nice views of Alpine Lakes area.
Posted Jun 29, 2002 10:37 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: February 1996


We hadn't gotten too far along this fun winter route, when we (in a most horrific and immediate manner) found out that the name of this route was for real. A quick glissade and jog back to the car ensued, and we all agreed that paying attention to the avalanche forcast was not for weenies and fraidy cats, but an excellent idea to preserve ones life!
Posted May 16, 2002 8:28 am

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 02/03/02  Sucess!


Took a route I had never taken, and ascended though the woods straight up the West side until we got out of the treeline at about 3500'. The ridge was real icy with exposed rock from the wind. Got pelted by 40mph+ winds at times, and oce pellets nailed us most of the time. Made the summit in 4 hours, which is along time for Granite. Even though ava danger was moderate to high, the West Ridge is a safe route to go.
Posted Feb 5, 2002 12:15 am

RStokesRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulley Date Climbed: 12/17/01  Sucess!


After 3.5 hours of climbing we reached the summit of Granite Mountain and prepared our bivouac. The sun was giving us its last light of the day with a dramatic sunset. After the sun's departure, the temperature dropped fast and the winds picked up. The winds howled all night with gusts up to 40-45mph. The morning came with a big change in weather: snow, wind and whiteout conditions. After about 15 hours inside the tent, it was time to desend. We struggled but broke camp as best we could and headed down. Visibility was about 20-30 feet at best on the upper mountain. We spotted several landmarks: trees, rocks, whatever we could see and made our way down. After getting off the main route we wound up about a half-mile up the Pratt Lake trail. Not too bad because that way down was much safer than through the gulley. Already looking forward to the next adventure.
Posted Dec 20, 2001 9:44 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Avalanche Gulch Date Climbed: 12/17/01  Sucess!


Hiked up in 3.5 hours with full packs to spend the night. From boots, to snowshoes, to crampons, we fully utilized our resources for the climb. The last 1500 feet is a real push with 35-45 degree angles on snow and ice. Made it up with an hour of light left (Late start). Beautiful evening with little wind, and we built a small wall next to the lookput towewr to deflect some of the wind, but no luck as we got hammered with snow and 30-40 mph winds the whole night. Woke up to a whiteout (Did we sleep?), with a ton of snow built up on the sides of the tent. Packed up camp in hellish conditions and began the descent in a whiteout. Really a good test for navigation if you were blind. We wound up going way to far west but dropped onto the Pratt Lake trail. We actually descended the dafest way in the trees as avalanche conditions were mild, but always a danger on Granite Mountain. It was a relief to get down in one piece, and another epic comes to an end.
Posted Dec 18, 2001 11:58 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Main Trail #1016 to Main Avalanche Gulley Date Climbed: 04/26/2001  Sucess!


Climbed lower trail to mile 2 of junction of the gulley where we ascended mixed snow and heather and brush. Really slippery and very steep. Very good conditioner hike if you like to go up in junk. Great views at the summit were quickly brushed away by clouds and a storm closing in.
Posted Sep 14, 2001 12:49 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Main Trail #1016 to East Ridge Date Climbed: 01/27/2001  Sucess!


First winter climb of the season.

Ascended the east ridge which got some steeper snow, but not as bad as the avalanche gully. Only a few folks at the top. Clear skies gave up quite a view of the surrounding area.
Posted Sep 14, 2001 12:34 pm

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