Gannett Peak 2010

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Trip Report
Location:
Wyoming, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Jun 24, 2010
Activities:
Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Ice Climbing, Big Wall, Mixed, Scrambling, Skiing
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Gannett Peak 2010
Created On: Feb 16, 2013
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Gannett Peak

Gannett Peak (13,804') is the high point of Wyoming, known to be the second toughest of all 50 state high points, just behind Denali.

Splattski and I have been slowly accumulating state high points. After missing Gannett's summit on our adventure into the Winds in 2008, we tried several times in 2009 to put together a trip back. Each time we had an open window of time, something got in the way, either personal or weather. I have had some unusual personal constraints, so my windows are far and few between. Over the last two years I sweated bullets over this peak. I can‘t really explain how important this was to me, so I won’t try. Let’s just say I spent two years planning and scheming on this one (one benefit of my obsession: the best instant coffee ever).

When the early spring of 2010 started off dry with low snow, we targeted late June to try again. This is an early date for attempting Gannett, which is usually climbed in August. Then in April and May we had an unusual spring, with cool temperatures and lots of snow. We were locked into the dates and had to deal.

So that is where this trip starts: lots of snow and no choice of dates. Somehow, our friend Brian thought that sounded appealing. Brian flew in on Sunday. After some last minute grocery shopping, we went through our packs, gear, and the equipment list. Thanks to our thoughtful examination over the last two years, our equipment was pared down to the absolute minimum. So was our food. We had weighed things out with a gram scale (yes, we’re that old, but also that accurate). For five days, not including water, our total pack weights would average about 38 pounds.

I was going to add a narrative to each section but decided to let our photos tell our story.


NOAA Forecast: The Wind River Range

Trip Report by Splattski: Gannett 2010 Trip Report

Day 1 - The Approach

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Bob, John and Brian just before departure
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The sloppy hike to Photographer's Point 

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Taking a break at Photographer's Point

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The view from Photographer's Point
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Our dry camping spot near Barbara Lake
 

Day 2 - The Approach

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Looking for a crossing on Seneca Creek 

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Crossing the snow bridge on Seneca Creek

Seneca Lake
Seneca Lake icebergs on the first full day of summer 

Seneca Lake
The watery gap in the trail along Big Seneca Lake

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The pass from Little Seneca to Island Lake 

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Island Lake  
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Our campsite at Island Lake

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Titcomb Basin

Day 3 - Fremont Peak

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John on his way up Fremont Peak

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Brian and John on the summit of Fremont Peak

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Boots on the summit of Fremont Peak
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Brian glissading off of Fremont Peak

   

Day 4 - Gannett Peak

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"Deer in the headlights", what more can I say? (12:30 AM)
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 My headlamp is just visible on the approach to Bonney Pass 

Bonney Pass
Heading down the backside of Bonney Pass 

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Morning alpenglow on Gannett Peak 

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The backside of Bonney Pass and the "super" moat

The Start of the Gooseneck Glacier
The start of the Gooseneck 

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Testing the snow below the summit ridge

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The start of the summit ridge.

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A NOLS leader above the Gooseneck 

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Brian nearing the top of Gannett 

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Me chugging along the summit ridge of Gannett Peak

Summit View - Gannett Peak
A beautiful view and perfect day near the summit 
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The last couple of steps to the summit of Gannett Peak

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The summit of Gannett Peak 
 
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The NOLS group is visible on the summit ridge
 
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Summer scenery on Gannett Peak
 
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Brian, Bob and the NOLS group 
 
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Scrounging for water at the bottom of the Gooseneck 
 
Bonney Pass
Topping out on Bonney Pass for the second time
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Descending from Bonney Pass
 
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Stunning Wind River scenery
 
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"Shoeing" into Titcomb Basin 
 
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Fremont Peak
 
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Finishing the long hike out of Titcomb Basin
 

   

Day 5 - Our Departure

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"Shoeing" out of Island Lake

Island Lake/Titcomb Basin
Island Lake, Titcomb Basin and Bonney Pass

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Some very interesting Wind River geology at work here

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Indian Creek and Titcomb Basin junction

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Approaching the snow bridge

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Fremont and Jackson Peak

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Another water crossing 

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Bob, John and Brian after 5 fantastic days in the Winds






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mrchad9

mrchad9 - Feb 18, 2013 5:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice!

I REALLY like the way you've done this TR!

Very easy to follow! Nicely done and congrats!

reboyles

reboyles - Feb 18, 2013 6:13 pm - Hasn't voted

New Tools

Thanks!

As soon as I saw the new tools I had to give them a go. Adding video was a bonus.


Bob

DrGranola

DrGranola - Feb 19, 2013 1:41 pm - Voted 10/10

Great TR

This looks like an absolutely fantastic adventure. Nice work on the climb, pictures and TR.

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