I summited Granite Peak via the standard route in July of 2011. The hike in was beauteful and the view from froze-to-death was awsome. Granite turned out to be easier than expected with fun easy scrambling up various chimneys. The trip took 2 days. We had ok weather, although we did get rained on several times.
Bivied about 2/3 across the ftd plateau. Left next morning around 7:30. summitted around 11:30 am. we descended with 2 other climbers whom were nice enough to let us use their rope to get down the class 4+/5 section.
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