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Postby Holsti97 » Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:52 pm

We are planning a climb of Gannett Peak starting from Dubois on the Glacier Trail on Saturday, July 17. SP members Catamount, edsclimb, Holsti97, and dalescout and 2 others will be heading out that day. We are shooting for a July 19 summit day, but have built in a bad weather day and could be in the Winds 4 to 6 days depending on how things go. Anybody else making an attempt the week of July 17 to July 22?
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Postby RedRoxx44 » Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:59 pm

Not for Gannett; plan on cruising along the Bears Ears Trail and doing a lasso loop over Washakie and Hailey Passes then back to the car. Will be there in the same time frame, with my Deet, headnet, etc. It'll be my third trip in the Winds, second solo and I'm looking forward to it.
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Postby gmoney » Mon Jul 12, 2010 5:08 am

A group of 4 of us (all New England-based) are headed up to Gannett Peak from the Glacier Trail leaving Dubois on the 14th, summit day is to be the 17th so Holsti97 say Hi to us if you run into us. Based on your group's screennames you are Highpointers as am I (this is 48 for me). This is our second trip to the Winds, first from the Dubois side.
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Postby musicman82 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:16 am

I'm leaving for my Gannett attempt from the Dubois side on the morning of the 15th with a climbing partner - we're hoping to summit on either the 17th or 18th. Maybe we'll see you up there!
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Postby Holsti97 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:33 pm

Here is the latest beta from a friend who lives in Wyoming:

"My 2 boys and a friend just got back from a failed attempt on Gannett. They failed due to an injury and a fall in Bomber creek that ruined and took some gear. So here is what they said.

"The Mosquitoes are very bad" and they have mosquito suits.

"The Creek crossings are treacherous" keep to the "New" Glacier trail, not a good idea to attempt the old trail.

They talked to a group that climbed Gannett and they said it was cold but very nice, this years snow still covers most of the ice up the glaciers for good traction and enjoyable walking, bergschrund is buried in snow and easy to cross. .

The high streams are from snow melt, and will probably be high all summer. You won't have any problems with them, it's just a matter of getting wet feet or a long walk finding an easy route.

The old trail goes right up the hill from the trailhead and yes it is the trail the outfitters use, you can see the switchbacks way up the mountain from there. We usually take the old trail since it is faster and avoids the hugh hill climbing out of Bomber Basin with its infamous switchbacks, but you have to ford Bomber creek which is very difficult now. there is a bridge on the new trail so the only fords will be in the Dinwoody valley on Klondike and Gannett creeks.

If you are looking for a good camp spot Honeymoon lake is great and our usual camp on the way out. You can walk from there to the trailhead in 1 day. If you stop there look for the carvings on the big camp log our names are on it from our first Gannett climb in 1984. : )

My 2 sons have been in that area 10 or 15 times, so when they say the mosquitoes are bad they must be REALLY bad so brings lots of deet.

It looks like the weather should be great for your trip. Have FUN! "


I will be looking for you guys on the trail. Hopefully the mosquitoes will no longer be hungry as you guys are going through first. :wink: Good luck and be safe!
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Postby musicman82 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:07 pm

Thanks for the info; I did the creek crossing on the old trail in late June 2009, and it was dang scary - I have no plans to try that again! I do like the old trail better, though - I've thought about crossing on the bridge and cutting across to pick up that trail, as is only adds a quarter mile, if that...

Bummer about the mosquitoes - I spent last week running around the SE Absarokas and they were almost nonexistent!

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Postby Bill Reed » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:39 pm

Between all you guys and the mosquitoes, sounds like it could be a little crowded.
Good luck with the climb and the mosquitoes!!! :wink:
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Postby musicman82 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:43 pm

Me too! This is my first try as well...

I'll be the dude with the floppy-brimmed hat, green pack, and green sleeping pad - come say hi if you see me!

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Postby Holsti97 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:27 am

Catamount wrote:I'll be the guy short-roping the dairy farmer from Wisconsin. (Not really). :)


Hey Mark...can you carry my backpack too?! :D
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