This was one of my favorite climbs of all time! I left Ogden UT one afternoon and enjoyed two days of solo climbing and hiking on this remote and rugged peak. I was also hoping to climb Tempest Mtn, but a hail storm forced me to hunker down for a little over an hour and by that point I was about out of daylight. This peak offers some interesting route finding challenges, and I missed the easiest way up while ascending (instead I climbed an easy 5th class chimney). On the way down I was able to find the normal route and I enjoyed an uneventful descent.
Another amazing peak witha if you fall you die routes If i am right ther is not a esy way up this beast .
went Up FTD . when you cam if possible find a out of the wind place and do not be surpsied if it snows on you it did d both afternooos i went !
enjoy and be safe not a easy one if you are doing high points hire a guide if you are not conmfy on exposed Rock
Great peak, tons of fun. Got off the peak just in time for the groppel, and to the plateau just in time for lightning strikes (sketchy). Packed up camp and got to the car in the wet darkness that night. Misery. Why do we call this fun again?
Part of a group of 11 led by Dave Covill of Colorado. This peak stretched my skill level considerably, but we were all successful and it was a safe day for everyone. Weather held for us. My second attempt, first success. Trip Report
Too technical for my skill level; summited a nearby peak with a great view.
Very enjoyable climb, with some amazing views of the Beartooths. My favorite of the state highpoints, so far (#44). Got off the summit just in time, as storm was blowing in. Had trouble navigating back to high camp (11,500') due to dense fog. 2-3 inches of snow fell on us that night. Goats were good company, too
Great weather, climbed with the fargoan. Fun, fun climb.
Finally got back and finished this one. Will do a trip report soon.
Jim Hinkhouse, Shirley Rogers, and I climbed from Avalanche Lake in the summer of 1994. Jim caught a couple of fish for us for dinner. He saw a couple of goats when he attained the ridge. Shirley knocked down a backetball-size boulder on the way up the chimney. This was number 41 of my 49 state high points.
Left from Hamilton Friday morning and started up the trail around 1:30. We ran out of water on the trail and didn't find any until snow fields on the plateau. The snow bridge is more of a dirt bridge right now. Great weather going up the peak, but ran into snow/hail, lightning, wind and rain coming off the peak. We made it back to the car that night with a total of about 15 hours from camp to peak to car. Wonderful lightning strom on the way back to Bozeman. Great overall trip!
Had to wait an additional day due to storms on the 17th. Successfully summitted on July 18th, a beautiful, long day.
Bugs were pretty horrific. Fishing was outstanding - fresh trout for dinner! Plenty of Mountain Goats around camp. Went with Beartooth Guides - Charlie Hurd Manfredi and Rob Hart - real pros up there. Four of us altogether. It was a great experience. Also climbed Storm Spire on our wait day - highly recommended for a fun scramble. Only saw one other party during our climb. Had Avalanche Lake to ourselves. Beautiful country and a challenging highpoint to be sure.
Looped the route, went up FTD, and out Huckleberry Creek which resulted in very little retracing, which was nice. Summited by 8:45 a.m., spent close to an hour on top, just chillin. Highlight was glissading from the saddle biviouac down to avalanche lake. We were suprised to see so few people on a Sat. in August, we pased two small parties near the snowbridge on our descent.
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 :)