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nickhowesSW Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2013


Great weather.
Posted Nov 8, 2013 12:22 pm

Pfeiffer75Tiring climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013


Climbed via the Sky Top basin and SW coulior. Back pack in was tiring with tons of boulders, stream crossings, and lakes. We camped at the first Sky top lake, just above Rough Lake. Summit day was uneventful on the way up. There was a lot of loose rock in the chute. Although the scrambling is straight forward for experienced climbers, the loose rock is a serious issue. I would consider a helmet mandatory. Climbers should take care if they are in large groups or there are multiple groups in the coulior. We had the chute to ourselves, but it would have been VERY DANGEROUS if there are multiple groups in the chute at the same time. It is definitely a bowling alley. Found one rope and one webbing anchor in the chute. The rope appeared damaged and frayed. We did not use either anchor. Made it to the summit and back to camp in 6 hours. Packed up and hiked back to car in same day as summit. Rained on us the entire way out. We ran into a black bear on the trail near the Grouse Creek Jeep Trail and Lady of the Lake trail junction. There was about 50 feet between us and the bear. The bear ran away and wanted nothing to do with us, but still it was a nervous moment
Posted Sep 4, 2013 6:00 pm

idahomtnhighSouthwest Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2012


Great climb with my brothers. Tried this peak one other time and got turned back from bad conditions on the standard route from West rosebud. Coming in on Sky Top Creek and up the Southwest Couloir is the way to go. I will be back again!
Posted Sep 3, 2013 11:53 pm

montanajamesSW Couloir with family  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013


Climbed with several family members Labor Day weekend. Stood on top at 2:00 PM with no clouds and no wind. Perfect day. The loose rock in the couloir is DANGEROUS. Take cover if anyone above you is moving in the couloir. Make sure people below you are taking cover if you are moving in the couloir.
Posted Sep 3, 2013 12:22 pm

dstevenson0204Insane  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2013


This peak is way intense. class 4 climbing and rappelling at its finest!!
Posted Aug 27, 2013 1:30 pm

Alex WoodAmazing Two Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013

Alex Wood

We approached via Huckleberry Creek and Avalanche Lake. The approach was terrible, but it wasn't the best either. Lots of schwacking above Princess Lake and the trail is absent from there on out. We stayed at the camp spot but the unnamed pond above Cold Pond. This was a great place to stay. We then did Granite from here after. The talus below Avalanche Lake is terrible. Above it was equally as bad. I would recommend taking crampons and taking the side of the glacier up to the Bicouvac Saddle. That would have been amazing. Climbing Granite and descending it went smoothly. We used a rope for a handline on the way down. We then took Froze to Death on the way down (we stashed our overnight stuff at the saddle). I would highly recommend doing Granite this way. Navigation on FTD wasn't that hard on the way down
Posted Aug 24, 2013 10:22 am

Matt LemkeRe: Amazing Two Days

Matt Lemke

You're killing me lol....Here I am advocating for the Huckleberry Creek approach and you belittle it ;)

Posted Mar 3, 2014 8:20 pm

Montanaman1Granite Peak Engagement  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013
I climbed the peak and proposed to my girlfriend on top with a guitar. After getting back to base camp, somehow we managed to leave the engagement ring in a box with a guitar pick and tuner at the base camp on one of the rock shelter walls. If anyone has found it please let me know! joktanhart@gmail.com
Posted Jul 29, 2013 11:40 pm

mjp20kGranite Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012


Standard route, perfect weather.
Posted Jan 2, 2013 3:17 pm

MorlowSW coulior adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012


I just noticed I never signed this climber's log! I climbed with Tim (musicman82) on an interesting July day. It looked stormy in the morning but it cleared up just as we reached the summit. Couldn't have been better timing. There was some super sketchy ice in the coulior that got the adrenaline going but the summit view was fabulous.
Posted Dec 30, 2012 4:45 pm

PanamaRedFun!  Sucess!


I summited Granite Peak via the standard route in July of 2011. The hike in was beauteful and the view from froze-to-death was awsome. Granite turned out to be easier than expected with fun easy scrambling up various chimneys. The trip took 2 days. We had ok weather, although we did get rained on several times.
Posted Sep 30, 2012 1:53 am

mrchad9SW Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012


Sat out a very rough day at the glacial lake just below the SW Couloir and luckily had a weather day for an attempt the next day. Ended up snowing for a couple hours the night before (after raining and hailing all day). Headed up mid-morning in not much better weather, but soon turned into clear blue skies. A fresh coat of snow and ice made the chute much more interesting!
Posted Sep 24, 2012 1:23 pm

GlacierCountryStormy Weather
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012


Spent 3 days on the plateau but didn't summit due to weather. Some incredible lightning, wind, groppel, and snow. A great adventure, but need to go back next year and summit!
Posted Sep 20, 2012 12:04 pm

Matt Lemke12er #11/26  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012

Matt Lemke

Climbed the standard east ridge. Fun scramble. Had to dodge storms and even got snowed on lol! Did same day as Tempest
Posted Aug 30, 2012 2:02 am

Brian KaletSouthwest Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

Brian Kalet

1 night spent at Lone Elk Lake.
Posted Aug 27, 2012 11:49 am

vanman798SW Coulior  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012


Had the peak to myself at 6:30 pm on August 18, 2012. What a beautiful area!

Posted Aug 20, 2012 10:24 am

tigerlillyYa, baby
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012


Came up the south gully. Successful summit with crazy cousin Bob, Melinda, Josh, and Michael. For Bob, this was his 49th high peak! Good Job, Bob! SugrBear has spot on advice.
Posted Aug 14, 2012 1:20 pm

SugrBearSW Couloir Bowling Alley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012
Our group of 3 came up from Lady of the Lake to the SW Coul. Ran into a group on their way down to report two climbers stuck halfway up Granite after 2 out of a group of 6 were struck by rockfall. As reported to us, the climbers missed the SW Coul and went up a chute further west where they experienced rockfall and required a SAR team to get out after 2 nights on a ledge. We saw the SAR helicopter do an awesome job of plucking them off the mountain! We went up the Couloir and ran into others coming down that said, beware of rockfall, and this route is fairly easy and will likely become the most popular route. For safety's sake, I hope not. While the climb was only steep scrambling and mostly clear of snow, rockfall was a significant danger. There was a lot of very loose rock. At one point during our descent, I bumped a baseball size rock which rolled a few feet, bumped another which in turn sent a teetering fridge size rock hurtling at a group of 6 that had just appeared 300 feet below us. Fortunately they scrambled out of the way amongst our yells. Not that a helmet would have saved them but they had none. I would not climb this route without one. If you climb this route be very mindful of how many others are on the route and keep yourself in a position where you can find cover. The sides of the couloir are best for climbing and cover. I see why it is called the bowling alley by some.
The scramble up is fairly straight forward but do not underestimate it if you are a novice climber. There is exposure to moderate falls and long slides.We had a novice climber in our group who needed a belay in one spot on the way up. The top of the climb was well cairned and a fun scramble. Staying right at the top of the couloir was good advice from other posts. On the way down, we chose to repel a couple sections with 80'or rope (better with 120'). They could have been down climbed safely with with care.
It was a beautiful and awesome mountain. If you attempt it, respect it and you'll have a great time.
Posted Aug 12, 2012 9:20 pm

musicman82Via SW Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012


Climbed with Chris (SP member Morlow) - some pretty tricky ice still in the SW Couloir!
Posted Jul 25, 2012 5:58 pm

JLuthanenHoly hike! Tempest Peak was worth it
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2010


Hiked in late Friday, got up the killer switchbacks by dark. Put up tent in raging winds tucked into a small outlet at the start of Froze-To-Death. After trying to sleep for two hours with a buddy and I holding the insides of the tent up amidst 50+mph gusts, tried to keep the fly down via rocks. Ripped a guy line or two, tore the fly, broke the poles down and slept on top of tent. That worked til the rain came. Epic overnight, early start. Nearly accosted by a group of over eager piss vultures (mountain goats). Winds were rippin, clouds were mixed, we were beat, I had no rain jacket - bad news. Tempest was much less exposed, quicker, and worth the views from the top. Try for a repeat this summer
Posted Jul 3, 2012 10:55 pm

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