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.
Camped at Rough Lake, 2-3 hrs from there to summit with good weather, no snow or ice. Take 2nd col past the big slab off to your right.
Second Summit of this mountain. Great conditions on climb day. Had thunder and lightning with hail the night before...and lots of goats. Bucket loads of water on Froze to Death Plateau. Snow bridge is gone.
Took the SW Ramp up on the morning of the 14th which was absolutely beautiful. My oldest brother did the majority of the route finding which had only minor difficulties along the way. I had no idea that there would be technical moves involved but it was such a fun experience that I can't wait to tackle another mountain like it. With Mt. Borah (Idaho) being my only other state highpoint, this was a fun second step. Gannett Peak in Wyoming has my eyes on it!
Hiked into the Sky Top basin the first night, headed for the summit the second day. Had a nice break in weather, and we headed up the SW "ramp" as it is described in several trip reports. VERY fun and challenging climb up the ramp, some places there were fixed ropes which were a nice help. We may have lost the correct route near the top, as we had some 4th class moves that were pretty exposed. Once we gained the ridge that connects to the summit ridge, it was easy going. Beautiful skies and a terrific view!
Summited with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides via the froze-to-death plateau approach. Outstanding weather and a perfect summit day for my first truly technical highpoint. Fun gang of state highpointers.
Dayhike in perfect October weather. The top is indeed solid 4th class, and fun, though the approach is a slog. Trip report.
Read some great trip reports and hooked up w/SP's Redwic, hubby Photo61guy and Kevin for this climb from Lady of the Lakes Trailhead up the SW Ramp. Watched the weather closely and ended up delaying our trip in by 2 days, hoping the snow that fell the week before had melted enough. Most of the snow had melted however there was ice up the "Ramp" and easily 12" of snow up the summit ridge. Made for an exciting trip! Easily the most beautiful approach hike in that I have experienced in 40+ years of enjoying the outdoors as we had clear skies and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Would go back again to take non-climbing friends up to the Skytop Basin. A few mountain goats at our camp and bear and moose tracks by the Lady of the Lakes but no sightings. Thanks Redwic for letting us come along!
This was my 48th and final State Highpoint in the Contiguous USA. Joel, Alison, and Kevin were all great climbing partners. We summited via the "Southwest Ramp" approach... which I totally endorse and recommend despite the less-than-ideal icy conditions we experienced.
Left Lady of the Lake trailhead in the morning and made the summit that evening via the southwest ramp.
Long approach to high camp on a day of gale force winds. But had beautiful skies. Perfect summit day. Nobody else around. Climbed with Dustin, his third summit and my first summit but second try. Awesome adventure.
Standard route, from Mystic Lake
Climbed on my b-day it was great.