Tromping through meadow upon soggy meadow of mosquites in the eyes, ears, nose, mouth. I'll come back when I can haul a sled over the snow.
Great climb when you finally get to it. Not to technical. We def. carried way to much technical gear. In most scenarios a rope is not even needed.
Brent & I hiked in to the north end of upper Titcomb lake on day #1, scouted out Bonney Pass & returned to camp day #2, hiked to the summit and back on day #3, and hiked out to Elkhart TH on day #4. The experience was tough but well worth the effort. No ropes necessary. This was Brent's 3rd time on the summit but my first. If I can, I will submit a trip report. It froze the day we hiked out, and the mosquito population was either stunned or killed; the first 3 days were undoubtedly heaven for the little buggers - fresh flesh!
I did this climb in 2 days from the Pinedale-Titcomb basin approach. I pushed to the top of Bonney pass and camped the first day. The second day I hit the summit and hiked out. It took 25 hours all together. I should have done it in one day since I didn't get any sleep anywase.
I have tried this mountain two times, once from Titcomb basin, and once from Green river lakes (north ridge), and have been stopped both times. we were planning going there again in early July of 2008, but there was to much snow on the trail.We will try again in the summer of 09. 7 20/09 finally made the summit via. titcomb. The snow was perfect for a summit. did mt. Fremont as well.
The snow is in great shape and the 'schrund wasn't an issue in the slightest. Never used the rope. We took four days...first night at Island Lake, second on top of Bonney Pass, and the third at the bottom of Titcomb Basin. Only saw three other climbers above Titcomb Basin and we had the summit to ourselves. Beautiful climb.
Elkhart/Bonney Pass/Gooseneck still in great shape. More or less snowfree til above high camp. Schrund is still covered. A nearby fire is dropping lots of smoke and ash in the area: A touch hard to breath/see at times; also the ash is making the snow particularly soft in the sun. The folks at the USFS station in Pinedale might have up to date info on the fire.
The bergschrund is just beginning to open up a bit at the edges. Snow in the chute is perfect for kicking steps. We decided not to use the rope due to the favorable conditions and lack of a 'schrund. This will likely change in another week or two. Some folks are taking to the snowfield and going around the rocks leading to the upper ridge, but I wouldn't advise it. The route through the rocks is pretty straightforward and the snowfield has significant exposure to the summit cliffs. Skeeters were pretty bad everywhere but high camp.
COnditions were great for climbing. Plenty of snow filling in the bergschrund. The summit ridge was covered with snow and lots of fun to traverse. Summit itself was open rock and the canister is now accessible, though the papers inside are just a pile of mush.
The approach via the Glacier Trail is was mostly clear of snow, the stream crossings were a breeze, but the swarms of mosquitos had a voracious appetite that kept us moving right up until dinner time each day.
We had a great string of weather. Crystal clear sunshine everyday for the five days we were in there. Only one brief t'storm in the middle of our last night coming out.
I trained hard for this trip. Not nearly hard enough! The 25 mile hike to the base of Gannett and back again is the hardest hike I've ever done. Summit day was routine glacier travel, taking 3 hours and 22 minutes. No register was visible with all the snow around the summit. Awesome views!
Perfect climb with summit to ourselves. The standard route from Bonney Pass doesn't get any better than this year. No protection was required. Bergschrund was covered by 20 feet of snow. Only 1 crevasse was visible on route. Bonney Pass was covered in snow on both sides making for easy access. the only downside is the amount of snow on the approach through Titcomb Basin. This is definitely the year to climb.
A pretty big snow season made the approach from Elkhart Park hard, but we had great weather and enough time. The bergshrund was completely covered and the summit ridge was amazing. It is quite the mountain, very impressive!
I had a great time hiking and climbing up Gannett. I camped for three nights at the famous bivi boulder under the giant west face of Tower one, Mt Helen. Kicked steps up the south couloir to gain the ridge above. The south couloir was great fun to glissade, quite fast. The summit is an amazing place. Lots of NOLS groups around, making it seem busy with people. An incredible trip I hope to repeat one day.
I came from the east side, such a long two days approach on the horse trail, the hunting season started, people were wondering what is this guy doing up there, the weather was good, I did not reach the very top, a few feet, the ice was scary.
Gannett will always be one of my favorite climbs. Having never been there before and being alone made the routefinding and climbing really satisfying. I remember seeing two guys low on the glacier, they were heading down as I was coming up. After that, not a soul. It was quite a feeling being on that mountain alone, especially at the top.
We camped on Bonney Pass in the rain. It was nice to wait to leave camp until the rain stopped. Several parties walked past us in the predawn hours. We ended up passing all of them but a soloer. There was still a snow bridge to gain Gooseneck ridge. One of the funnest climbs I've done to date.
CLIMBED A WEEK AFTER SUCCESSFUL CATARACT SURGERY. APPROACHED FROM PINEDALE, WY UP TO UPPER TITCOMB LAKE BASE CAMP ONE OF THE MOST TREMENDOUS LOOKING PEAKS I'VE ENJOYED WHEN YOU FIRST REACH THE TOP OF BONNEY PASS. MY PARTNERS RAN OUT OF GAS ON THE GOOSENECK PINNACLE RIDGE...ALAN FROM RECENT KNEE SURGERY DOWNTIME AND ED FROM TRYING TO CARRY 80# OF GEAR UP TO BASE CAMP
Been up a few times in the late 90's guided clients on a variation of the gooseneck
Gooseneck route, approach from the north up the Dinwoody River (one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever hiked). Climbed the peak with great frieds, Mark and Laura, on the most perfect day. Had the whole mountain to ourselves!
Gosh, is my party the only group that didn't make it?! ha. Camped near Island Lake then in Titcomb Valley (gorgeous). Hoofed it up Bonny Pass (loose rubble). Glaciers running with little rivers of water. Crevasses were all small and you could walk over them easily. Up Gooseneck Glacier... discovered the snow bridge over the bergshrund was melted out. My husband's crampon broke, which he fixed with his wedding ring! Our group pretty much chickened out after seeing the hard ice choice. Hiked back quickly and dodged a nice lightening storm when we got back to our tents! eeek! We'll try again next summer! If you camp at Titcomb, go in and up as far as possible. Start out early on summit day. We left at 5:00am, which in retrospect was a little late. Eat a good breakfast, too! You'll need the energy! August might be too late, too. I think you'll have an easier time going over Bonny Pass in June, when it still has snow on it. have fun!