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Rocker Paullyin a day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

Rocker Paully

started from East Rosebud trailhead, ran to Echo lake, bushwhacked up to Lowary Lakes, climbed the standard route, then came off via FTD plateau and the Phantom Lake approach. It was a long day, especially when my buddy got altitude sickness about halfway through the 30 mile day.
Posted Sep 1, 2008 11:45 pm

jimboaSW Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2008


Route was in good shape with no significant ice in the couloir. We had a heck of a time interpreting trailhead directions to get to Lady of the Lake which took up some time on day one. After that, it was fairly straightforward.

Our trip was: Day 1: Get lost, but eventually end up at Lone Elk Lake (great campsite at NW end of lake) by 5 pm; Day 2: Summit and on the way back to camp, explore ridge above Rough Lake (beautiful mountain playground up there); Day 3: Hike out via Shelter Lake (another amazing area) and then back into Skytop drainage. The only gear we had besides backpacking stuff was helmets.
Posted Aug 29, 2008 10:18 am

mad maximusSW Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

mad maximus

Hiked in via Sky Top Creek with 2 friends and camped at the first Sky Top lake. Started late an ended up reaching the top a couple hours before dark. We ended up getting down just before sunset and waiting out night on the plateau rather than break our legs on the boulder field. Hiked out the next morning. I am not sure that any "agile dog" could climb this route with exception to underdog.
Posted Aug 25, 2008 6:06 pm

Alcas24Southwest Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2008


Hiked in with my girlfriend via Sky Top Creek and camped at Lone Elk Lake. I soloed the route from there. Didn't see a soul between Lone Elk and the summit. The route was pretty straightforward but there was one choke in the couloir that was covered in verglas and pretty unnerving. I was surprised to find 7 people on the summit, including a group from Billings doing some survey work. Amazing weather, not a hint of clouds or wind.
Posted Aug 18, 2008 2:14 am

iceworma little bit of everything  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2008


approached from rosebud, quick and dirty, made camp by bivy on the col...not much water...summitted following day by 7:30am via 5.7 direct to the keyhole. Awesome climbing just wish it was longer! went out by huckleberry, rough boulder hopping...felt like more miles over boulders than over trail! Awesome mountain to be Montana's highest!
Posted Aug 14, 2008 1:47 am

patascentWest Rosebud to the Keyhole Chimney (5.7)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008


Great 2-day climb from West Rosebud roadhead. Crossed Froze-to-Death Plateau early to beat the afternoon showers. Made high camp by 1 p.m. in a bivy spot at the base of a snow field...good water source there and it accomidated 6 tents. It started raining about 4 p.m.. Two more climbing parties showed up while we were eating dinner. Early to bed for a 4:30 a.m. start. Two rope teams of two. My partner and I climbed the 5.7 Keyhole Chimney which was super fun but only about 30-40 feet of roped climbing, the rest we just scrambled. Our other party roped up for a few short pitches on the 5.4 Standard Route. Made the summit my 8:30 a.m and it was a beautiful day. For the descent we only rapped one chimney and down climbed the rest. Made it back to high camp by noon, had lunch, packed up our tents and headed for the roadhead. Made it down to the parking area about 6:00 p.m. with a few light sprinkles near the end. Very enjoyable climb.
Posted Aug 12, 2008 12:34 pm

gajuhlgreat conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008
The approach up west rosebud to the east ridge is essentially snow-free (or snow is easily avoidable). The infamous and highly over-rated snow bridge is about 20 feet across; we took boots, crampons, and a picket, none of which we used. Enjoy!
Posted Aug 8, 2008 8:40 pm

Holsti97Wild and windy!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008


Day 1:Climbed up switchbacks above Mystic Lake to base of Froze to Death Plateau. Day 2:Hiked across FTD Plateau to high camp. Wind tried to tear our tents down all night. Day 3:Weather looked nasty. High winds and rain. Waited an hour and made breakfast and then made a summit bid. Left at 7:00 AM. Weather improved as we climbed and we made the summit at about 11:30 AM. We rappeled down 3 pitches on the way down. It was a classic climb and perhaps the most difficult one ever for this Highpointer. Day 4:Hiked all the way out from high camp. A great 4 days with Tim, Jeffrey, Ben, Kathryn, and Nate. Ben bagged State highpoint #48 and Tim HP #47 on the trip! Had a celebratory beer at the Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, MT on the way back to Cody. HP #35 for me.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 12:40 pm

northface28ONE OF MANY  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007
Climbed in 2 days via west rosebud. Stayed at high camp. Began the push at 5:00 am and made the summit around 8:00. Not as much exposure as anticipated. I wont take a rope next time.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 2:46 pm

wmokszyckiAfternoon Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2008
After resting from a grueling 5 day trip to Gannett Peak, my brother and I left the Granite trailhead at 1:30PM and reached the first bivy site on the Froze to Death plateau at 7:30. The next morning we hiked to the 12,000' tent site, had lunch, and took a nap. The weather was so perfect, we decided to summit that afternoon, reaching it in 3.5 hours at 5PM. Thankfully we invested in carrying our crampons and ice axes! As novice technical rock climbers, we opted to scramble up and down as we had the mountain to ourselves.
Posted Jul 15, 2008 2:45 pm

NoSubasFun, crowds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2007


Great climb. Tent flattening wind. Be sure to do your business well below the tent/water collection area!!!!! It's getting a little weird up there. PS--there is a full size shovel behind that great big rock to the south.
Posted Feb 25, 2008 12:26 am

jimeganGRANITE PK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2001


Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:33 am

utclimberPerfect Weather  Sucess!
I climbed Granite Peak somewhere around 1999 or 2000. We approached from Avalanche Lake. Very spectacular peak, with endless boulder fields.
Posted Jan 12, 2008 7:26 pm

nbasfordSolo challnege  Sucess!


Very fun mountain to climb, definitely recommend
Posted Dec 31, 2007 12:03 am

pintlerproGranite Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006


Nice mountain ready for a winter try.helped two climbers one with a dislocated shoulder and the other with a broken toe on the way down.
Posted Dec 28, 2007 6:01 pm

wyomtmanNext time the Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007


Standard route via froze-to-death. Did the long approach in one day and the climb and decent the next, with to good friends, Bill and Kevin. Cruised the route in the smoky haze with no problems.
Posted Dec 12, 2007 12:53 pm

MattGreeneFun!!!  Sucess!
I don't know what was better - the scenery and solitude of trekking across the Froze to Death Plateau, or the jungle-gym feel of climbing Granite. I loved this peak. The descent down the snowfield was fun, but conditions became a bit icy lower down, so I threw on a pair of crampons. Unfortunately, another climber had seen me glissading, and was trying it himself. The problem was I had an ice axe and he didn't. At one point he lost control, and I saw him slide an alarming distance on his stomach, punching and kicking the snow as he went. Luckily he hit a soft patch that saved his life.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 6:36 pm

stoltzdGreat way to celebrate my 21st birthday  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


Took the Mystic Lake route to Avalanche lake (I have since taken the East Rosebud route to Froze-to-Death Plateau and it was much easier) I had a partner until we hit the saddle @ 12:45pm, then went on by myself to free-solo the beautiful mountain. Plan on climbing the mountain in January now.
Posted Nov 23, 2007 10:39 pm

Bruce S.Route Attempted: SW Couloir
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2007

Bruce S.

Solo attempt via Sky Top Creek, from Lady of the Lake TH. A long, arduous approach (I estimate about twelve miles), featuring many hours of tedious rock-hopping over endless boulder fields (although I understand the Aero Lakes approach is actually more difficult). I was definitely slowed by inexperience and a too-heavy pack.

Reached the Cairn Mtn./Granite Peak saddle and the base of the SW face of Granite Peak about 10:30 am on August 1, after camping in a spectacular high camp in the upper Sky Top valley, east of the Villard/Pinnacles col and west of Cairn Mtn. Saw snow in my presumed route up to the diamond-shaped slab that guards the hidden SW couloir of Granite Peak, and made the decision that a solo scramble wasn't an acceptable risk. I will be back, lighter, smarter, hopefully not solo, and perhaps via one of the standard approaches.

Enjoyed perfect weather each day, but some rain every evening, including a lightning storm while in my high camp. Once above Lone Elk Lake, drank the water from Sky Top Creek untreated. Did not make it back to the TH on August 1st, instead camping, exhausted, at a beautiful campsite at the confluence of Star and Zimmer creeks.

If solitude is important to you, this may be the best approach to Granite Peak. I’m posting a couple of pictures on the Granite Peak page under SW Couloir route.
Posted Oct 2, 2007 3:59 pm

lonewolf2401Granite Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1987


Hiked up the switchbacks from hell from Mystic solo. Made basecamp at the rock shelters the first night. Great weather and great climb up the standard east ridge. Had cached my pack at the col before summitting, and dropped down Huckleberry drainage for the second night. Bad move in many ways, good in others. The boulder field is the worst I have ever negotiated and camping sites were very limited at Avalanche Lake. The scenery was incredible! The third day, hiked down to Mystic Lake and was very happy I had not used this route on the approach! Since that memorable trip, I have returned to Granite five times, using the Aero Lakes approach to the south face twice. I plan on my seventh trip in 2008 when I will lead a group of friends up. Can't wait! Climb safe and happy trails
Posted Sep 14, 2007 12:34 pm

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