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austin.timmFTD Plateau Winter Attempt
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2007
Made it seven miles in. Hurricane force wind turned us around just before the plateau. Burly.
Posted Mar 26, 2007 6:27 am

aintlifegrand2 E Ridge summits, failed N face attemt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2005


Summited twice from FTD, attemted N Face from Huckleberry, turned back at top of glacier (ran out of time) Went all the way from bozeman to top of granite glacier back to bozeman in 2 days (Sat, Sun) That makes for a LONG weekend! Oh yeah, my buddy took a swing at a goat (with an ice axe)in the middle of the night, the goat jumped over me and landed on my other friend. Jabbed him in the back pretty good. That doesnt happen every day!
Posted Mar 23, 2007 6:28 pm

The edgeHP #42  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2003

The edge

After two unsuccesfull attempts;
Here I am again to tackle THE MONSTER from FTD plateau...
Thank to a group of very experienced rock climbing girls from nearby Billings; I was finally succesful on the top!!
We got showered on by hale on the way down... Very nice climb...
Thanks again girls for all the help...
Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:09 pm

montana boystd. route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006

montana boy

Perfect weather. Met some great folks on the plateau; excellent trip overall.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 11:30 pm

weeds19Wonderful trip!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2002


This was one of my favorite climbs of all time! I left Ogden UT one afternoon and enjoyed two days of solo climbing and hiking on this remote and rugged peak. I was also hoping to climb Tempest Mtn, but a hail storm forced me to hunker down for a little over an hour and by that point I was about out of daylight. This peak offers some interesting route finding challenges, and I missed the easiest way up while ascending (instead I climbed an easy 5th class chimney). On the way down I was able to find the normal route and I enjoyed an uneventful descent.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 9:31 pm

Rick FCold and remote  Sucess!

Rick F

Another amazing peak witha if you fall you die routes If i am right ther is not a esy way up this beast .
went Up FTD . when you cam if possible find a out of the wind place and do not be surpsied if it snows on you it did d both afternooos i went !
enjoy and be safe not a easy one if you are doing high points hire a guide if you are not conmfy on exposed Rock

Posted Feb 3, 2007 7:43 pm

benjohnsonSweet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006


Great peak, tons of fun. Got off the peak just in time for the groppel, and to the plateau just in time for lightning strikes (sketchy). Packed up camp and got to the car in the wet darkness that night. Misery. Why do we call this fun again?
Posted Feb 1, 2007 10:21 pm

atavistepic: i did it before and I'll do it again  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2002


Posted Nov 13, 2006 7:17 am

surgentA real challenge, but worth every step  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2002


Part of a group of 11 led by Dave Covill of Colorado. This peak stretched my skill level considerably, but we were all successful and it was a safe day for everyone. Weather held for us. My second attempt, first success. Trip Report
Posted Oct 19, 2006 7:46 pm

OutdoorpartnerToo serious
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2003


Too technical for my skill level; summited a nearby peak with a great view.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 6:38 am

paclimberGranite Peak, August 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006


Very enjoyable climb, with some amazing views of the Beartooths. My favorite of the state highpoints, so far (#44). Got off the summit just in time, as storm was blowing in. Had trouble navigating back to high camp (11,500') due to dense fog. 2-3 inches of snow fell on us that night. Goats were good company, too
Posted Sep 5, 2006 6:20 pm

Rocker PaullyRoute: South face, Huckleberry/Avalanche Lake approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Rocker Paully

Great weather, climbed with the fargoan. Fun, fun climb.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 3:32 am

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


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


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


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

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