Granite Peak Climber's Log

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alpine climber - Aug 14, 2006 7:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

two long days  Sucess!

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!


Kraaken - Jul 25, 2006 3:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2006

Route Climbed: Huckleberry Drainage  Sucess!

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.


bnschwerin - Feb 28, 2006 4:34 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

South Face  Sucess!

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.


zoink - Jan 22, 2006 7:18 pm

Route Climbed: Froze To Death Plateau/South face Date Climbed: August 2005

Great trip.

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).


SawtoothSean - Dec 30, 2005 9:28 pm

Route Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!

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


TeeLee - Aug 28, 2005 4:30 pm

Route Climbed: Mystic/FTD Date Climbed: August 20, 2005  Sucess!

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.


shabba - Aug 25, 2005 1:18 am

Route Climbed: Via Froze To Death Plateau Date Climbed: August 23, 2005  Sucess!

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.


CBakwin - Aug 24, 2005 2:53 pm

Route Climbed: E Ridge, Huckleberry approach Date Climbed: August 15, 2005  Sucess!

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.


Jolee - Aug 17, 2005 1:52 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge - Huckleberry Creek Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

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.


granitepeaker - Aug 5, 2005 2:58 am

Route Climbed: Via Froze to Death Plateau Date Climbed: July 9, 2004  Sucess!

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 :)

~Jason Maehl


althegreek - Jul 12, 2005 7:00 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: july 2003  Sucess!

got hit by a bad storm. snow in july. difficult route finding. great mountain in a remote wilderness


weswalt - Jun 28, 2005 3:58 pm

Route Climbed: Huckelberry creek/southeast ridge Date Climbed: Aug 24 2003  Sucess!

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.


chilkoot - Feb 3, 2005 8:48 am

Route Climbed: Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: August 13, 2003  Sucess!

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.

Steve Gruhn - Jan 26, 2005 10:36 pm

Route Climbed: South Face via Froze-to-Death Plateau Date Climbed: June 27, 1990  Sucess!

Strenuous climb. Felt the effects of altitude. Caught in a windstorm on Froze-to-Death Plateau on the descent.


mountainmanmitch - Nov 1, 2004 12:14 am

Route Climbed: Huckleberry Creek/Froze-to-Death Plateau Date Climbed: 8/23  Sucess!

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!!


granitegrabber - Oct 20, 2004 12:31 am

Route Climbed: east ridge Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!

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.


tonybell1 - Sep 11, 2004 11:34 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 3, 2004  Sucess!

Harder than I thought it would be. Give yourself plenty of time.

phyle - Nov 25, 2003 1:05 am

Route Climbed: Avalanche Lake Date Climbed: August 1st  Sucess!

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.


Klenke - Nov 13, 2003 7:27 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 13, 2003  Sucess!

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.


Hendere - Sep 10, 2003 8:23 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!

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.

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