My first real overnight hiking trip. Good weather; we did not need, crampons, ice axes or ropes. Climbed with three friends. Took three days, but should have taken two (one member was out of shape and had too much weight).
Heavy snow the day before we arrived made this climb a little more challenging. The snowbridge crosiing was a lot fun and the rock climbing was good also- lots of solo climbers. Needed rope to rap down snow filled gulleys that were sliding in the warm sun. Met up with two nice fellows from NC. Got very log-jammed on the way down as we had 5-8 people rapping off the same line. - Sean Duffy
2nd try; great conditions this year. This was our 49th state highpoint and technically the toughest. We are not exp. climbers, so the lead work done by our Man of Steel, Charlie Gorski of Jackson Hole, was key. Tip #1) Try camping at the shortcut noted by others nr. top of switchbacks. It saved us 45-60 mins.Plus, our lower camp meant no grunting full packs up ankle-twister FTD. Drawback: Stumbling back in the dark! We started up at 8 am; 6 am would have been ideal. Tip #2) Our 30m single rope was fine for the 5-6 rappels. Tip #3) The detailed route description listed elsewhere on this site was perfect. Tip #4) We didn't carry a phone but saw that others' phones worked at the higher spots. Given the remoteness, difficulty and risks on this climb, I could foresee this being of great value in an emergency.
First ascent of Granite For me. I went with a group of ten guys, and we got all of us on the summit. It was a great trip, and we were blessed with good weather.
Summitted in perfect weather, ten hours from the parking lot via Huckelberry creek and Avalanche Lake. Really fun peak, brought ropes but did not use them. A Great Day and a Great Peak.
Perfect day, fun climb. While I hear the hike in via Froze to Death Plateau is pretty burly, the hike in from Huckleberry Creek, to this day, is the hardest hike I have ever done. I will not repeat it. I will add, our original intention was to climb the North face of Granite, so we were geared up with crampons, axes, full rack, etc. In other words we had heavy packs. The glacier under the N.face had receded so much we were looking at a really ugly climb up unconsolidated glacial dirt. Yuck.
This was my 5th summit of Granite Peak. Five for five, not bad I guess. GP is definately one of my most favorite peaks to climb. I've climbed it from both the F2D Plateau and Huckleberry Route. The Huckleberry route is much more scenic, but slow going. I climb the peak each year in mid July and it's always interesting to see how the weather is and how large the snow bridge will be. Every year the snow bridge has been different ... either really large or really small. If it's large with lots of snow it will take much longer because you'll want to rope up. Every GP trip I've been on it's rained, snowed, and hailed ... so plan for the worst :)
got hit by a bad storm. snow in july. difficult route finding. great mountain in a remote wilderness
West rosebud to huckelberry creek. Base camp at Avalanch Lake Hi winds on 23rd. stayed in camp. Summited on the 24th by 0930 No snow at snow brige Great Weather.
I returned after an aborted attempt in 1996. This is a beautiful route the whole way. It throws a little bit of everything at you: nice trails, herd paths, boulder hopping, scree scrambling, and vertical rock. Beware the shifting boulders, rockfall off the glacier and p.m. thunderstorms. Oh yeah...and don't look down when you're in the chimneys!
The view from the summit is about the best anywhere.
Strenuous climb. Felt the effects of altitude. Caught in a windstorm on Froze-to-Death Plateau on the descent.
The peak was cloked in a blanket of clouds early in the morning. Summited after four hours in high winds and snowstorm, almost whiteout at times. Ascended relatively easily, though the rocks were wet. No rope used during ascent or descent. Someone left a little prize (a joint) in the logbook container at the summit. After you reach the snowbridge on the descend, try sliding/skiiing your way to the saddle, great fun!!
Climbed it as an overnighter, topping out the second day. The weather behaved alright, but we did get a thunderstorm each afternoon. We were the second group to make the summit, not counting the goats that we spotted on top as we were crossing the saddle. This one is really a fun mountain to climb, but the loose rock can get a bit frightening when there is a lot of people on the mountain.
Harder than I thought it would be. Give yourself plenty of time.
Wow, what a neat place. There are lots of peaks here that haven't been climbed very often...and probably some really challenging potential technical routes that make climbers like me drool. There was perfect weather and I'm glad we took the VERY scenic Avalanche Lake route because, according to one guy we met on the mountain, the Froze-to-Death Plateau "Got old." I posted a few pics...not very nice quality but they give you an idea of the great scenery.
Climbed this on the a 13th. Glad I don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia, as the East Ridge has a fair amount of pucker factor. Glad to have the cairns to show me the way, else it might have turned into a routefinding nightmare for this soloist.
Climbed with Alan Ellis. Perfect weather, fun rock. Did not rope up except to rap down. Goats all over the place. Long day and a lot of fun.
Ol' Granite is a tough nut to crack. But, thanks to good weather and a great friends, we made it happen. We camped about half way across FTD plateau and it took us 13 hours tent to tent. I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with Martin Cash, Mishell, and Eric (hendere). Special thanks to Eric for enduring 45 hours in the car with me and for being a great climbing partner. I couldn't have done it without you!
Three day backpacking/climbing trip with my son, Dan. Climbed the peak monday via the chimney that leads directly to the Keyhole. The top of this mountain is a spectacular place! Well worth the effort, the friendly goats are a neat bonus.
We took our ice climbing gear for a hike up to Avalanche Lake, two days after I competed in a 20 mile ridge run in the Bridger Mountains of Montana. The glacier was severely melted out and dirty, with an ugly approach, so we backed out of the North Face plan and climbed the East Ridge. The route was fun, we stayed on the crest of the ridge the whole time, making for more interesting climbing and great views of the North side. The 5.6 chimney variation was a great treat just before the summit. From the top I spotted my next big Beartooth route, the Beckey Couloir on Glacier Peak. The goats ate the straps on my helmet while it was covering the food bag to keep the rodents away!