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the fargoanRoute Climbed: Huckleberry Creek/East Ridge/South Fade  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

the fargoan

3 days of perfect weather...couldn't have asked for better conditions. Seems like there's more of a trail going up Huckleberry drainage than there was 3 years ago when I last went.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 2:37 am

David P.West Rosebud/FTD/East Ridge/South Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006

David P.

My partner Jeff and I reached the top around 1:30 pm after leaving our high camp (located near the beginning of the descending traverse to the Tempest-Granite saddle at about 12050 feet (not 11600 ft. as I had read about)) later in the morning. The previous afternoon/night it stormed hard for 10 hours leaving some snow and ice on the mountain we figured would melt out with the assistance of the sun. We proceeded to be the beneficiaries of at least 24 hours of perfect weather conditions. Although we didn't do much route topo consulting during the day, the new Joe Josephson guide is excellent and I would highly recommend it. Not a shred of snow on the alleged snowbridge from hell. The switchbacks up to FTD plateau were part of one of the best trails I've ever done to gain that amount of altitude. The traverse across the FTD plateau was very pleasant and fun.

Most of what I read in preparation for the outing, over-glorified or exaggerated what in good conditions is really a pretty mundane, enjoyable alpine adventure. Prior experience, particularly on complicated steep terrain certainly helps even in good conditions and essential for when conditions go to pot.

Posted Aug 17, 2006 7:55 pm

Karl HelserNot an epic...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2006

Karl Helser

but an awesome experience. Had great weather, and some crappy weather. I was glad I brought my stiff soled boots for walking over the points and edges of the granite boulder fields. For those wondering...right now, a couple of miles after ascending FTD plateau, you'll find plenty of water...the best running from the snowfields. Also, right now, the snow-bridge has snow on the north side with a deep pond of ice-cold water. The Mt goats are not shy, just a little cautious. From the snow bridge the route finding was a bit tricky. It seems as though it doesn’t matter how much you look at, and study the beta before climbing this peak, it's still tough to find the route. All in all I had a great time with a couple of good climbing pals. Thanks again Brian for a great lead.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 1:44 am

Brian JenkinsFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2006

Brian Jenkins

Finally got back and finished this one. Will do a trip report soon.
Posted Aug 16, 2006 7:13 pm

osatrikOSAT climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 1994

osatrik

Jim Hinkhouse, Shirley Rogers, and I climbed from Avalanche Lake in the summer of 1994. Jim caught a couple of fish for us for dinner. He saw a couple of goats when he attained the ridge. Shirley knocked down a backetball-size boulder on the way up the chimney. This was number 41 of my 49 state high points.
Posted Aug 15, 2006 6:29 am

alpine climbertwo long days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

alpine climber

Left from Hamilton Friday morning and started up the trail around 1:30. We ran out of water on the trail and didn't find any until snow fields on the plateau. The snow bridge is more of a dirt bridge right now. Great weather going up the peak, but ran into snow/hail, lightning, wind and rain coming off the peak. We made it back to the car that night with a total of about 15 hours from camp to peak to car. Wonderful lightning strom on the way back to Bozeman. Great overall trip!
Posted Aug 14, 2006 7:18 pm

KraakenRoute Climbed: Huckleberry Drainage  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2006

Kraaken

Had to wait an additional day due to storms on the 17th. Successfully summitted on July 18th, a beautiful, long day.
Bugs were pretty horrific. Fishing was outstanding - fresh trout for dinner! Plenty of Mountain Goats around camp. Went with Beartooth Guides - Charlie Hurd Manfredi and Rob Hart - real pros up there. Four of us altogether. It was a great experience. Also climbed Storm Spire on our wait day - highly recommended for a fun scramble. Only saw one other party during our climb. Had Avalanche Lake to ourselves. Beautiful country and a challenging highpoint to be sure.
Posted Jul 25, 2006 3:38 pm

bnschwerinSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

bnschwerin

Looped the route, went up FTD, and out Huckleberry Creek which resulted in very little retracing, which was nice. Summited by 8:45 a.m., spent close to an hour on top, just chillin. Highlight was glissading from the saddle biviouac down to avalanche lake. We were suprised to see so few people on a Sat. in August, we pased two small parties near the snowbridge on our descent.
Posted Feb 28, 2006 4:34 am

zoinkRoute Climbed: Froze To Death Plateau/South face Date Climbed: August 2005

zoink

Great trip.

My first real overnight hiking trip. Good weather; we did not need, crampons, ice axes or ropes. Climbed with three friends. Took three days, but should have taken two (one member was out of shape and had too much weight).

Posted Jan 22, 2006 7:18 pm

SawtoothSeanRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!

SawtoothSean

Heavy snow the day before we arrived made this climb a little more challenging. The snowbridge crosiing was a lot fun and the rock climbing was good also- lots of solo climbers. Needed rope to rap down snow filled gulleys that were sliding in the warm sun. Met up with two nice fellows from NC. Got very log-jammed on the way down as we had 5-8 people rapping off the same line. - Sean Duffy
Posted Dec 30, 2005 9:28 pm

TeeLeeRoute Climbed: Mystic/FTD Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!

TeeLee

2nd try; great conditions this year. This was our 49th state highpoint and technically the toughest. We are not exp. climbers, so the lead work done by our Man of Steel, Charlie Gorski of Jackson Hole, was key. Tip #1) Try camping at the shortcut noted by others nr. top of switchbacks. It saved us 45-60 mins.Plus, our lower camp meant no grunting full packs up ankle-twister FTD. Drawback: Stumbling back in the dark! We started up at 8 am; 6 am would have been ideal. Tip #2) Our 30m single rope was fine for the 5-6 rappels. Tip #3) The detailed route description listed elsewhere on this site was perfect. Tip #4) We didn't carry a phone but saw that others' phones worked at the higher spots. Given the remoteness, difficulty and risks on this climb, I could foresee this being of great value in an emergency.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 4:30 pm

shabbaRoute Climbed: Via Froze To Death Plateau Date Climbed: August 23, 2005  Sucess!

shabba

First ascent of Granite For me. I went with a group of ten guys, and we got all of us on the summit. It was a great trip, and we were blessed with good weather.
Posted Aug 25, 2005 1:18 am

CBakwinRoute Climbed: E Ridge, Huckleberry approach Date Climbed: August 15, 2005  Sucess!

CBakwin

Summitted in perfect weather, ten hours from the parking lot via Huckelberry creek and Avalanche Lake. Really fun peak, brought ropes but did not use them. A Great Day and a Great Peak.
Posted Aug 24, 2005 2:53 pm

JoleeRoute Climbed: East Ridge - Huckleberry Creek Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

Jolee

Perfect day, fun climb. While I hear the hike in via Froze to Death Plateau is pretty burly, the hike in from Huckleberry Creek, to this day, is the hardest hike I have ever done. I will not repeat it. I will add, our original intention was to climb the North face of Granite, so we were geared up with crampons, axes, full rack, etc. In other words we had heavy packs. The glacier under the N.face had receded so much we were looking at a really ugly climb up unconsolidated glacial dirt. Yuck.
Posted Aug 17, 2005 1:52 am

granitepeakerRoute Climbed: Via Froze to Death Plateau Date Climbed: July 9, 2004  Sucess!

granitepeaker

This was my 5th summit of Granite Peak. Five for five, not bad I guess. GP is definately one of my most favorite peaks to climb. I've climbed it from both the F2D Plateau and Huckleberry Route. The Huckleberry route is much more scenic, but slow going. I climb the peak each year in mid July and it's always interesting to see how the weather is and how large the snow bridge will be. Every year the snow bridge has been different ... either really large or really small. If it's large with lots of snow it will take much longer because you'll want to rope up. Every GP trip I've been on it's rained, snowed, and hailed ... so plan for the worst :)



~Jason Maehl
Posted Aug 5, 2005 2:58 am

althegreekRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: july 2003  Sucess!

althegreek

got hit by a bad storm. snow in july. difficult route finding. great mountain in a remote wilderness
Posted Jul 12, 2005 7:00 pm

weswaltRoute Climbed: Huckelberry creek/southeast ridge Date Climbed: Aug 24 2003  Sucess!

weswalt

West rosebud to huckelberry creek. Base camp at Avalanch Lake Hi winds on 23rd. stayed in camp. Summited on the 24th by 0930 No snow at snow brige Great Weather.
Posted Jun 28, 2005 3:58 pm

chilkootRoute Climbed: Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: August 13, 2003  Sucess!

chilkoot

I returned after an aborted attempt in 1996. This is a beautiful route the whole way. It throws a little bit of everything at you: nice trails, herd paths, boulder hopping, scree scrambling, and vertical rock. Beware the shifting boulders, rockfall off the glacier and p.m. thunderstorms. Oh yeah...and don't look down when you're in the chimneys!



The view from the summit is about the best anywhere.
Posted Feb 3, 2005 8:48 am

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: South Face via Froze-to-Death Plateau Date Climbed: June 27, 1990  Sucess!
Strenuous climb. Felt the effects of altitude. Caught in a windstorm on Froze-to-Death Plateau on the descent.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:36 pm

mountainmanmitchRoute Climbed: Huckleberry Creek/Froze-to-Death Plateau Date Climbed: 8/23  Sucess!

mountainmanmitch

The peak was cloked in a blanket of clouds early in the morning. Summited after four hours in high winds and snowstorm, almost whiteout at times. Ascended relatively easily, though the rocks were wet. No rope used during ascent or descent. Someone left a little prize (a joint) in the logbook container at the summit. After you reach the snowbridge on the descend, try sliding/skiiing your way to the saddle, great fun!!
Posted Nov 1, 2004 12:14 am

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