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Smithman123Awesome Scramble  Sucess!


Climbed this great route with Eric Thorsell. We had some difficulty getting into the basin below Granite, but the scramble itself was awesome. There was no need to bring a rope, and a few sections had some sketchy fixed ropes. Near the top, it is important to cross over onto the ridge (on climber's right) to gain the summit.
Posted Aug 4, 2016 10:06 am

fallonclimbsGorgeous backpack, wild scramble  Sucess!


Trip Report on my blog is here https://summitsofthestates.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/granite-peak-montana/

Definitely rock fall, but we climbed staggered to prevent injury in our team of 2. Would be trickier if other teams were on the route. Amazing views and beautiful area! Definitely want strong scrambling/third class skills..
Posted Aug 30, 2015 12:58 pm

idahomtnhighBest trip ever  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2012


Car to car in 36 hours.
Posted Sep 3, 2013 11:47 pm

montanajamesLabor Day Weekend Summit with Family  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013


Stood on top on a perfect day with no clouds and no wind. Thanks to all my family who came on the hike with me.
Posted Sep 3, 2013 12:35 pm

Matt LemkeOur descent route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013

Matt Lemke

We descended this way after doing the Granite Peaks traverse. Loose but straightforward. Those big slabs at the base of the gully are cool!
Posted Aug 19, 2013 4:23 pm

musicman82Great Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012


Loved this climb - may have to do it again someday!
Posted Aug 29, 2012 10:26 am

IamLubosmy 48th highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2012


Absolutely spectacular scenery. The actual hike and climb is very physically and mentally taxing, with a lot of route finding and boulder hopping. The couloir is full of loose rock, one of my climbing partners dislodged a massive rock which flew right past us into the void below before splatting into a bunch of fragments. I was the only one that went on after that... The rest of the group descended to a lower lake while I was still on the climb and I got totally disoriented the next morning trying to get down from the Sky Top Lakes. What was supposed to be a one hour segment turned into a 7 hour class 3 ordeal through the high country. Make sure to bring a good map and keep an eye for viewpoints to get back! There is a lot of lakes here and no route so it is quite easy to get lost. The weather was amazing, we had 3 days of perfect temperatures and not a single storm.

Trip report
Posted Aug 15, 2012 3:55 pm

RedwicTurned Around On SWC Route
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2009


During morning hours and with only 540' elevation to go to the summit, in the Southwest Couloir, I suddenly had a bad feeling that a freak storm was coming. It was one of those "smell a storm coming" moments. Although we knew we could reach the summit OK, we were concerned about the possibility of questionable weather while trying to descend the couloir, so my partner and I agreed to turn around. Shortly after getting off the mountain, we turned around and could no longer see the mountain! We considered waiting out the storm to make another attempt, but the storm lasted (for the most part) for two days! It was a frustrating decision to turn around, but it was the right decision. We lived to climb another day, and the mountain is not going anywhere.
Posted Sep 2, 2009 3:27 pm

CBakwinYO  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2009


Much more beautiful approach than Froze to Death. Better campsite on middle Sky Top lake as well. The Coloir was filled with ice in places so we climbed easy 5th class rock on the left, then the right on the way up. Exit the coloir short of the top, to the right for easier climbing. Very fun route!
Posted Aug 12, 2009 12:02 pm

Tbacon251Made it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009


Finally reached the summit after three tries for the Cops on Top Summit for Heroes memorial climb!
Posted Jul 3, 2009 12:39 pm

reboylesSouthern approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2007


We started the approach to the S.W. Couloir route using the (Summit Post recommended) route that goes to Lower and Upper Aero Lakes but veered off to the Lone Elk and Skytop Lake drainage which we found to be much better. On descent we avoided Aero lake and used the Sky Top Creek drainage all the way to the junction above the Lady of the Lake trail. See the Sky Top Creek approach map for more details.

Climbers note:
Staying right at the top of the couloir will lead to a rib that keeps you on 3rd class ground all the way to the summit. Veering left out of the couloir quickly leads to 4th and 5th class climbing. Ice or snow in the couloir could make this route much more difficult.
Posted Sep 15, 2007 8:05 pm

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