Beautiful hike, scary summit day... especially given someone died on the mountain the night before we summited (R.I.P. Thomas Pfeiffle). The rock fall is a real hazard on this mountain.
Went in thru Cooke City, MT beautiful, good weather
With Steve. Glad to have successfully nabbed this one on the first try, as it seems lots of folks get shutdown on their first attempts. Approached via the Huckleberry Creek drainage, which wasn't too bad. Left W Rosebud in the afternoon, camped at Princess Lake, and climbed and hiked back out the second day. Really beautiful, rugged country up there, and fun scrambling on the peak. Weather was perfect on summit day (smokey though). Had the entire place to ourselves. Would like to return to this area.
We left camp at Rough Lake at 4:15AM and summited out at 11:00 and back to camp by 6:00PM the afternoon thunderheads started forming the moment I topped out so I sadly didn't have much time to take in the views. this was a very long day but a very enjoyable scramble. I'd like to try the route up from Rosebud next time. this is truly amazing country that makes one feel very small.
Had made six prior unsuccessful attempts due to weather, altitude of others in the party and once for hitting turn-around time. Finally made it with two outstanding guys, started at 4:00 am, watched the Perseid meteor shower over Granite while descending the face of Tempest, were on the summit by 9:30 and back to camp just after 14:00!! A great day, a great climb! God is Good!! <><
I have never experienced such a beautiful summit day anywhere. We definitely lucked out. And only 4 people total summited, so we had it to ourselves.
Camped at 10.4k feet near the highest of the Sky Top lakes.
Be aware that the SW ramp earns its nickname as "the bowling alley." Rockfall is inevitable. Multiple parties on this route at one time could be quite sketchy. Exposure on the higher portions of the route is significant. This is not a mountain on which to acquire experience; prior technical climbs should be mandatory.
SW ramp via the Skytop Creek in two days: camped at the base and went all the way up and back to the car on day two. If I did it over again, I'd make it three days because I didn't really have a chance to enjoy the campsite or hike out on the second day to avoid getting stuck on the trail in the dark. Note: it's impossible to NOT cause small gravel slides on the way down that can turn into RL Donkey Kong further down the ramp, so know where other people are and yell even if you think you're alone.
Solo hiked in from Lady of the Lake trail north of Cooke City, past Aero Lakes and camped above sky top lakes. Left camp at 630am, and climbed the southwest ramp. There was a tough class 3+ section that turned back 3 other climbers about midway up the ramp. The ramp was full of ice and I was forced to scramble up some steep rocks just climbers left of the ramp. Summited at 1015am. I brought no climbing gear with me, but would recommend at least a helmet.
Quite the challenge, be sure to bring plenty of water! FTD plateau is pretty lengthy. Camped on FTD, summited next day, stayed one more night and back to East Rosebud TH.
Took my 19 year old daughter with me, and 2 new friends from WI. Was Grant's 45th state high point at age 65. Summited Tempest but not Granite (to snow bridge) due to weather. Still a great trip. My daughter's 19 year old friend fell on descent of Granite a week later and suffered a terrible head injury. Always take rope and helmet!
Summited with great weather via Froze to Death with Beartooth Mountain Guides. Fantastic Trip. -WCH
I climbed this one with David Odenwalder who I met at the highpointers convention three days earlier in Red Lodge, Montana.
10 years to the day from my first summit. This time with my 16-yr-old nephew. Excellent weather. Another awesome climb!
Dude from Ohio, Boston, San Jose and Minnesota all walk into a bar named Granite...
Pretty fun for four complete strangers.
SW Ramp is dumb, btw. Too much rockfall. If I wasn't a coward I would have gone standard route.
and again on 08/29/2015 with Kevin. A long time dream for Kev to summit and I was stoked to be there with him and to guide him even though he looks scared schmittless in all our summit photos. Hahaha! I'm luck to be 2 for 2 on Granite! Both via high camp at Sky Top Lakes.
Remember, if you are kicking rocks loose in the couloir you're doing it wrong!
There was still plenty of snow and black ice in two spots in July and nothing the following year in August. Woke up the morning of my July ascent to the Upper Sky Top frozen over. Made for some hard snow and ice in the gully which required front pointing and concentration on the way up. In August with no snow it was far easier.
For the easiest route, you will get to an amphitheater/3rd or 4th class rock at the top of the couloir where you will want to go right to the ridge separating the couloir from the gash.
Climbed via the Froze-to-Death Plateau route. The FTD Plateau route may not inspire warm and happy thoughts; but ascending via the FTD route ensures a greater success rate than the Huckleberry Creek Trail. Campsites on the FTD Plateau have limited water sources, but are 2,000' higher than campsites in Huckleberry Creek drainage making an easier summit day. Mountain goats visited my campsite every day. Dined at the Cowboy Bar & Supper Club in Fishtail, Montana to celebrate.
Excellent 3-day trip with boisedoc and team. Great climb in a beautiful area. Hiked in to Sky Top basin on first day, and then summited via SW ramp route on day 2. I’d consider the route low 4th class, but lots of loose rock, so wear a helmet. I especially enjoyed the scramble section on the upper ridge after the ramp. Trip Report
enjoyable three day trip with a strong group up Skytop basin and the southwest couloir. The upper basin in beautiful but lots of talus hopping. We had great weather but I suspect there will not be many more summits this season. Armed with numerous trip reports, we had no difficulty with route finding. The SW Couloir (ramp) has plenty of loose rock and we were relieved that there were no other parties on the mountain. There are a couple of ropes in place right now that were helpful on the down climb. This route reminded me a lot of the Hourglass couloir route on Little Bear in Colorado.
Fantastic route. Camped the night prior at the Lady of the Lake TH and hiked up the next day with Greg Jagielski. We took a short cut bypassing the Aero Lakes by sticking to Sky Top Creek drainage. Possibly saved a couple miles RT and some elevation gain. See GPS track on Peakbagger http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=543029. The potential of thunderstorms motivated us to hurry a bit and we reached to summit in just over 5 1/2 hours. Roundtrip hiking was 26 miles in 10 hours 22 min.