Granite Peak Climber's Log

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peakhugger

peakhugger - Sep 6, 2009 9:21 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2009

East ridge/south face  Sucess!

Approached via Froze-to-Death and summited under blue skies and minimal wind. No other parties summiting that day; nice to have the mountain to ourselves! Avoided the Labor Day crowds and counted 26 people on the trail attempting the summit on 9/6/09. Weather moving in though, did any of you make it?

Redwic

Redwic - Sep 2, 2009 3:25 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2009

Turned Around On SWC Route

During morning hours and with only 540' elevation to go to the summit, in the Southwest Couloir, I suddenly had a bad feeling that a freak storm was coming. It was one of those "smell a storm coming" moments. Although we knew we could reach the summit OK, we were concerned about the possibility of questionable weather while trying to descend the couloir, so my partner and I agreed to turn around. Shortly after getting off the mountain, we turned around and could no longer see the mountain! We considered waiting out the storm to make another attempt, but the storm lasted (for the most part) for two days! It was a frustrating decision to turn around, but it was the right decision. We lived to climb another day, and the mountain is not going anywhere.

Rocker Paully

Rocker Paully - Sep 2, 2009 11:18 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009

In a day  Sucess!

took us 11 1/2 hrs from east rosebud, would have been shorter if we hadn't been delayed by so many enticing raspberries along the trail.

bakcast

bakcast - Aug 24, 2009 6:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

Southwest Couloir/Face  Sucess!

Climbed from high camp in Skytop drainage with my wife, a buddy and our two pups. Made the summit in under 2 hours and were amazed to find the summit empty until 10 am or so. Really quite plesant for a high pressure Saturday in August after all the terrible tales of crowds!

SarahThompson

SarahThompson - Aug 19, 2009 11:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Std route from East Rosebud  Sucess!

The Phantom Creek Trail is fantastic and very easy going. Boulder hopping across Froze-To-Death Plateau sucks. The plateau was cold, windy and miserable as advertised. The weather was marginal, but we managed to squeeze in the climb on a sunny morning. Ascent took less then 4 hours. Descent back to the snow bridge took about an hour, then it snowed the rest of the hike back to camp. I thought the upper portion of the route was an extremely fun scramble. Had the mountain to ourselves and only caught sight of 3 people during our two day stay on the plateau!

alpine climber

alpine climber - Aug 16, 2009 3:21 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2009

2nd summit  Sucess!

Summitted on the day before the weather started to turn bad. Took our time and spent some extra days around Mystic Lake. Lots of people on the plateau, as usual. A helmet is the only essential need, especially if people are climbing above you. A couple goats reached the top before us, but other than that, we had the mountain to ourselves.

Joseph Bullough

Joseph Bullough - Aug 15, 2009 10:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

via Southwest Couloir  Sucess!

Climbed with Michael via the Southwest Couloir. Suffered through wind and snow, but we persevered and eventually reached the summit. A 14 hour round trip from base camp at Lower Areo Lake.

climbupskidown

climbupskidown - Aug 13, 2009 3:49 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2009

scorn huckleberry!  Sucess!

5 hours from w. rosebud to tempest. 11 hour break. 3 hours to summit. 8 hours out hucklebery. hucklebery was absolutely awful!

grabbs146

grabbs146 - Aug 12, 2009 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2009

great climb!!!!!!!!  Sucess!

great climb!!! Not so good weather. rained every day. and on the way out it stormed 4 $#@%!!! times on us.(very wet)

Alpinist

Alpinist - Aug 8, 2009 4:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2009

East Ridge via East Rosebud Trail  Sucess!

CMC Expedition Co-chair and trip leader for the 2009 Western Outing. Summitted as a group of 6 with the Chicago Mountaineering Club. We belayed 2 pitches going up and then played leap frog with 2 ropes going down which sped up the descent. Altogether 10 of 14 people in the group made the summit, 2 people opted not to climb, and 2 had to turn back above the keyhole due to an approaching storm. I was on top during the best weather window of the week. This is my 30th state HP and the second of three during this trip. Four of us clmbed Harney Peak first and then White Butte afterwards. Great climb! Tough approach!

Snowy

Snowy - Jul 31, 2009 2:00 pm

East Ridge  Sucess!

Too many people! Great trip w/ friends, but will never do the std. route again if I can help it.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Jul 15, 2009 12:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008

Standard Route  Sucess!

Great hike with great fiends. It was good to have pic's along to find the route through the rocks.

Tbacon251

Tbacon251 - Jul 4, 2009 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

SW Couloir  Sucess!

Made the summit on June 27th at 2:00 pm with 5 great friends. The route was very tough and well worth it.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Jun 30, 2009 2:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

SW Couloir  Sucess!

I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of reaching the summit of this mountain. The couloir was tough but worth it. Another successful outing with Cops on Top.

pyerger

pyerger - May 15, 2009 1:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2002

scary lighting storm!  Sucess!

Loved this peak. great friends,and Great scrambling on the top.
We could see the Tetons way out there.

ivyonup

ivyonup - May 5, 2009 11:28 am

With more experience

Fiance and I attempted this peak, but didn't have the technical skills to make it all the way to the top. Will try again, inshallah.

bfrench

bfrench - Apr 28, 2009 12:29 am Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2001

Granite  Sucess!

Perfect fall day.

spathv - Sep 4, 2008 1:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

SW Couloir Summit  Sucess!

Drove to Cooke City, MT on 28 Aug 08 and stayed at Soda Butte Lodge. Charming/outdated/needs work - but only a few miles from the trailhead. Drove to trailhead on 29 Aug 08 - and began hiking up to Rough Lake at 9:00 am. Arrived at Rough Lake at 3:00 p.m., and we camped at far north east end of the lake. 30 Aug we left camp at 6:40 am, and mostly stayed left for all the Sky Top Lakes - hit Sky Top Glacier Basin at 10:30 am. Small delay on a very steep snow field at the edge of one of the lakes - icy in the am - and so we hiked up and over. Summited at 12:30 p.m. Met a couple others coming up from Froze to Death. Hiked out on the 31st and stayed a second night in Cooke City.

Hike up the couloir was interesting. Some descent upclimbs - but the exposure is definitly much better than on the other side. Happy to provide additional information if you need it.

Rocker Paully

Rocker Paully - Sep 1, 2008 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008

in a day  Sucess!

started from East Rosebud trailhead, ran to Echo lake, bushwhacked up to Lowary Lakes, climbed the standard route, then came off via FTD plateau and the Phantom Lake approach. It was a long day, especially when my buddy got altitude sickness about halfway through the 30 mile day.

jimboa

jimboa - Aug 29, 2008 10:18 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2008

SW Couloir  Sucess!

Route was in good shape with no significant ice in the couloir. We had a heck of a time interpreting trailhead directions to get to Lady of the Lake which took up some time on day one. After that, it was fairly straightforward.

Our trip was: Day 1: Get lost, but eventually end up at Lone Elk Lake (great campsite at NW end of lake) by 5 pm; Day 2: Summit and on the way back to camp, explore ridge above Rough Lake (beautiful mountain playground up there); Day 3: Hike out via Shelter Lake (another amazing area) and then back into Skytop drainage. The only gear we had besides backpacking stuff was helmets.

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