Long approach on glacier trail (which we chose because of the shorter summit day). We camped at Double Lake the first night (since no camping is allowed this summer at Star or Honeymoon Lakes due to blasting on the trail). A break in the weather allowed us to reach the summit from a high camp just outside the boulder field. No wind, beautiful weather (until the epic thunderstorm that rolled in later in the evening). The bergschrund is still 50% covered by a snow bridge.
A great climb from Titcomb basin. Steep snow but no bergschrund.
Just got back from an attempt up the West Couloir from Tourist Creek drainage and Green River Lakes. About 2 hours from the summit and a thunderstorm hit. We didn't have rope and didn't feel like climbing the class 4 section was smart in the rain. Will try again next year.
Climbed from the Elkhart Trailhead outside of Pinedale. It took us 67 hours.
Pics and details here: Gannett Peak
Climbed solo coming in from the northern Glacier Trail. I only saw a few NOLS groups coming out as I went in and no one was on the mountain or even at base camp for 2 days. The berg was collapsed with a firm bridge and a 8" vertical ice wall leading to a 60 degree snow pitch onto the Goose Neck, which was a little sketchy. The last NOLS group left a rope, but the pickets were melted out on my way up. I reset them on the way down though, which was helpful. The boulder fields on the approach were legendary.
8/4/2012 With Greg J
With Joe Bullough, Scott Wesemann, Jacob Moon. Started from Elkhart Park at 12:30AM Saturday, summit at 1:00 PM Saturday, back to car at 1:30 AM Sunday. 25 hours RT, 40+ miles, excellent conditions but got caught in a thunderstorm on the descent from the summit.
my Dad and I are doing Gannett from August 21 to 28, any reliable info from the past month, glacier trail in. Much love and thanks to anyone who responds!
Spectacular scenery. 15h50 car-to-car. Trip report.
Approached on Glacier Trail. Five days out. Followed by large bull moose through Big Meadows.
Finally summited after seven years of trying because of someone in climbing party either being ill or ill-prepared. Base was at last grassy patch underneath Tower 1 of Mount Helen. Look for it if you want the closest and best camp spot before ascending Bonney pass. It has a huge overhanging boulder for protection from elements. Waited six hours for intense wind storm to pass only to have to attempt it the next day becuase it was dark by then. Went up Gooseneck. Roped up above bergshrund because that was the biggest crevasse I have seen in the Rockies. For those wondering what equipment to bring, just stick to a long ice axe for summer. Use it instead of hauling a snow stake 25 miles in. If you want more protection above the shrund there are always multiple slung belays on the West side of the couloir.
Hiked in to Titcomb Basin with several members of the Utah Climbing Club. Spent the night and fished the next day with Jennifer and Tyson. Tyson caught a huge Golden Trout and we ate it for dinner. Climbed Gannet that night and the next day. Sick from the fish all day, but still made the summit.
Spent the night again and then climbed Fremont Peak with Jennifer the next day. Spent the night again and then hiked out. An absolutely wonderful trip!!!!!!!
This is by far the most beautiful mountain I have ever had the opportunity and privilege to climb. Check out my trip report, "Battle with Gannett Peak" for more details of our amazing adventure.
Awesome mountain in an even more awesome range... It was a hard slog, not enough snow to facilitate glissading. I climbed alone and the snowbridge was pretty heady... It was only about 2 feet thick! I have never done anything quite like that in the Tetons. Amazing place, I feel lucky to live so close.
Glacier Trail in, Bonney Pass to Titcomb Basin for the way out. With NOLS. Beautiful scenery but big snow year for the Winds and late melting so bugs were very bad. Perfect summit day, in fact it was hot and not a breath of wind. Good snow conditions, no crampons but we did rope up on Gooseneck.
Two of us launched July 9 from Elkhart Park. Put on snowshoes after Photographer's Point, and kept them on almost all the way to Titcomb Lakes. Snow was soft, additional exercise was experienced. The trail went underwater at Seneca Lake and Little Seneca Lake. We waded 2-3 streams on the way in. Apologies to the people who followed our wayward tracks!
Transitioned to crampons a little late on the way up Bonney Pass. Summited in the afternoon, soft snow. Rain on our second ascent of Bonney Pass, but no lightning. We took off the snowshoes at Seneca Lake on the way out. A couple of the snow bridges we used on the way in had collapsed on our way out, so we enjoyed some some cool water as we waded the creeks.
Fabulous backpacking trip and climb of Gannett Peak with Brent, Walter, Anne, Jans, Dave, and Rich. We were blessed with beautiful weather. I actually stood on the summit in a sleeveless top. Found a "Spot" on the way down and returned it to the owner.
I did this solo from Titcomb, over Bonney Pass, across the Dinwoody Glacier, and across crevasse lands, rock ridges, and snowfields to the snowbridge at the Gooseneck. From there I summited and had the summit to myself. The bridge was maybe only days from collapsing -dangerous by one's self but I didn't have a choice if I wanted the summit. It was a fantastic day and one of my favorite short outings in the high country.
Another one of my personal favorites. The Wind River Range is one of North America's best
Early August 2010 - I lucked out and got a perfect day. I started early when the snow was firm, and clouds in the morning kept the sun from turning it to mush on the way down.
08/07/10 via Elkhart Park. Hiked in 25 hours straight with Joe and Matt. Trip report is posted.