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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

granitegrabberRoute Climbed: east ridge Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!


Climbed it as an overnighter, topping out the second day. The weather behaved alright, but we did get a thunderstorm each afternoon. We were the second group to make the summit, not counting the goats that we spotted on top as we were crossing the saddle. This one is really a fun mountain to climb, but the loose rock can get a bit frightening when there is a lot of people on the mountain.
Posted Oct 20, 2004 12:31 am

tonybell1Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 3, 2004  Sucess!


Harder than I thought it would be. Give yourself plenty of time.
Posted Sep 11, 2004 11:34 pm

phyleRoute Climbed: Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: August 1st  Sucess!
Wow, what a neat place. There are lots of peaks here that haven't been climbed very often...and probably some really challenging potential technical routes that make climbers like me drool. There was perfect weather and I'm glad we took the VERY scenic Avalanche Lake route because, according to one guy we met on the mountain, the Froze-to-Death Plateau "Got old." I posted a few pics...not very nice quality but they give you an idea of the great scenery.
Posted Nov 25, 2003 1:05 am

KlenkeRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 13, 2003  Sucess!


Climbed this on the a 13th. Glad I don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia, as the East Ridge has a fair amount of pucker factor. Glad to have the cairns to show me the way, else it might have turned into a routefinding nightmare for this soloist.
Posted Nov 13, 2003 7:27 pm

HendereRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!


Climbed with Alan Ellis. Perfect weather, fun rock. Did not rope up except to rap down. Goats all over the place. Long day and a lot of fun.
Posted Sep 10, 2003 8:23 pm

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: South Face (Standard) via Froze-To-Death Plateau Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Ol' Granite is a tough nut to crack. But, thanks to good weather and a great friends, we made it happen. We camped about half way across FTD plateau and it took us 13 hours tent to tent. I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with Martin Cash, Mishell, and Eric (hendere). Special thanks to Eric for enduring 45 hours in the car with me and for being a great climbing partner. I couldn't have done it without you!
Posted Sep 6, 2003 9:59 am

Paul BurkholderRoute Climbed: Froze to Death/Keyhole Chimney Date Climbed: August 25, 2003  Sucess!

Paul Burkholder

Three day backpacking/climbing trip with my son, Dan. Climbed the peak monday via the chimney that leads directly to the Keyhole. The top of this mountain is a spectacular place! Well worth the effort, the friendly goats are a neat bonus.
Posted Aug 30, 2003 9:48 am

b.Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 14, 2002  Sucess!


We took our ice climbing gear for a hike up to Avalanche Lake, two days after I competed in a 20 mile ridge run in the Bridger Mountains of Montana. The glacier was severely melted out and dirty, with an ugly approach, so we backed out of the North Face plan and climbed the East Ridge. The route was fun, we stayed on the crest of the ridge the whole time, making for more interesting climbing and great views of the North side. The 5.6 chimney variation was a great treat just before the summit. From the top I spotted my next big Beartooth route, the Beckey Couloir on Glacier Peak. The goats ate the straps on my helmet while it was covering the food bag to keep the rodents away!
Posted Aug 21, 2003 1:57 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: August 01 2002  Sucess!


Camped at the South end of Avalanche Lake first night

with the urine licking goats. Had perfect weather for all three days.

I would advise trying the Froze-To -Death-Plateau route first, the boulders are a bear. Stay near the water as much as possible until you hit 7/8 of the way around the lake.

Posted Jun 30, 2003 11:34 am

jurvmanRoute Climbed: Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: august 20, 2002  Sucess!
Boulders, Boulders, Boulders...Did I say Boulders.

The approach is the brutal part of this climb. Great campsite at Cold Lake. Plenty of company. (i.e. mountain goats.)

If anyone found a pair of Smith Mainline sunglasses at the summit or at the saddle of Mt.Tempest they're mine and I'll pay for shipping...

Thanks, Jeff


Posted Sep 17, 2002 1:42 pm

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