This peak is way intense. class 4 climbing and rappelling at its finest!!
We approached via Huckleberry Creek and Avalanche Lake. The approach was terrible, but it wasn't the best either. Lots of schwacking above Princess Lake and the trail is absent from there on out. We stayed at the camp spot but the unnamed pond above Cold Pond. This was a great place to stay. We then did Granite from here after. The talus below Avalanche Lake is terrible. Above it was equally as bad. I would recommend taking crampons and taking the side of the glacier up to the Bicouvac Saddle. That would have been amazing. Climbing Granite and descending it went smoothly. We used a rope for a handline on the way down. We then took Froze to Death on the way down (we stashed our overnight stuff at the saddle). I would highly recommend doing Granite this way. Navigation on FTD wasn't that hard on the way down
I climbed the peak and proposed to my girlfriend on top with a guitar. After getting back to base camp, somehow we managed to leave the engagement ring in a box with a guitar pick and tuner at the base camp on one of the rock shelter walls. If anyone has found it please let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Standard route, perfect weather.
I just noticed I never signed this climber's log! I climbed with Tim (musicman82) on an interesting July day. It looked stormy in the morning but it cleared up just as we reached the summit. Couldn't have been better timing. There was some super sketchy ice in the coulior that got the adrenaline going but the summit view was fabulous.
I summited Granite Peak via the standard route in July of 2011. The hike in was beauteful and the view from froze-to-death was awsome. Granite turned out to be easier than expected with fun easy scrambling up various chimneys. The trip took 2 days. We had ok weather, although we did get rained on several times.
Sat out a very rough day at the glacial lake just below the SW Couloir and luckily had a weather day for an attempt the next day. Ended up snowing for a couple hours the night before (after raining and hailing all day). Headed up mid-morning in not much better weather, but soon turned into clear blue skies. A fresh coat of snow and ice made the chute much more interesting!
Spent 3 days on the plateau but didn't summit due to weather. Some incredible lightning, wind, groppel, and snow. A great adventure, but need to go back next year and summit!
Climbed the standard east ridge. Fun scramble. Had to dodge storms and even got snowed on lol! Did same day as Tempest
1 night spent at Lone Elk Lake.
Had the peak to myself at 6:30 pm on August 18, 2012. What a beautiful area!
Came up the south gully. Successful summit with crazy cousin Bob, Melinda, Josh, and Michael. For Bob, this was his 49th high peak! Good Job, Bob! SugrBear has spot on advice.
Our group of 3 came up from Lady of the Lake to the SW Coul. Ran into a group on their way down to report two climbers stuck halfway up Granite after 2 out of a group of 6 were struck by rockfall. As reported to us, the climbers missed the SW Coul and went up a chute further west where they experienced rockfall and required a SAR team to get out after 2 nights on a ledge. We saw the SAR helicopter do an awesome job of plucking them off the mountain! We went up the Couloir and ran into others coming down that said, beware of rockfall, and this route is fairly easy and will likely become the most popular route. For safety's sake, I hope not. While the climb was only steep scrambling and mostly clear of snow, rockfall was a significant danger. There was a lot of very loose rock. At one point during our descent, I bumped a baseball size rock which rolled a few feet, bumped another which in turn sent a teetering fridge size rock hurtling at a group of 6 that had just appeared 300 feet below us. Fortunately they scrambled out of the way amongst our yells. Not that a helmet would have saved them but they had none. I would not climb this route without one. If you climb this route be very mindful of how many others are on the route and keep yourself in a position where you can find cover. The sides of the couloir are best for climbing and cover. I see why it is called the bowling alley by some.
The scramble up is fairly straight forward but do not underestimate it if you are a novice climber. There is exposure to moderate falls and long slides.We had a novice climber in our group who needed a belay in one spot on the way up. The top of the climb was well cairned and a fun scramble. Staying right at the top of the couloir was good advice from other posts. On the way down, we chose to repel a couple sections with 80'or rope (better with 120'). They could have been down climbed safely with with care.
It was a beautiful and awesome mountain. If you attempt it, respect it and you'll have a great time.
Climbed with Chris (SP member Morlow) - some pretty tricky ice still in the SW Couloir!
Hiked in late Friday, got up the killer switchbacks by dark. Put up tent in raging winds tucked into a small outlet at the start of Froze-To-Death. After trying to sleep for two hours with a buddy and I holding the insides of the tent up amidst 50+mph gusts, tried to keep the fly down via rocks. Ripped a guy line or two, tore the fly, broke the poles down and slept on top of tent. That worked til the rain came. Epic overnight, early start. Nearly accosted by a group of over eager piss vultures (mountain goats). Winds were rippin, clouds were mixed, we were beat, I had no rain jacket - bad news. Tempest was much less exposed, quicker, and worth the views from the top. Try for a repeat this summer
It was August of 1984, don`t know the exact date. Me and a buddy decided to try and climb Granite. I had climbed a few Mountains before and I was young and dumb and I would try anything. But a guide book in Red Lodge to help with this. We made camp on FTD plateau and a thunder storm hit. We spent the night huddled in our tent with the wind and lightning cracking all around us. We woke up to a cold but clear morning and decided to go for it. There was no snow on the "snow bridge". We made it to where the class 4 and 5 stuff was. We couldn`t find our way beyond this. There was another party coming up behind us and they knew the route so we just followed them. I`ll admit it, it was scary with a lot of exposure. We made it to the summit about 11 AM or so with the help of the other party. It was cold but a nice clear day. we spent a half hour on the summit and made our way down again with the help of the other party. These guys were real cool about helping us as we couldn`t of done it without them. Anyway we got back without any problems. Then I found out a few months later that Granite Peak is one of the most difficult state highpoints to climb. Good thing I didn`t know that when we were climbing it.
Across FTD plateau.
We started hiking around 7 in the morning up West Rosebud. Unbelievable granite walls everywhere! So cool! The switchbacks from hell felt super easy and before we knew it we were on the Froze to Death Plateau. We hiked across this plateau (not too fun with all the talus) and arrived at the bottom of the saddle around 4 pm. Along the way we took our time and ate and took lots of pictures. Getting to the snowbridge from the saddle took less than an hour. The snowbridge was an ice bridge and very dangerous. I would solo the rock climbing pitches and then clip into a belay and belay my wife up on a 100 foot rope. Got to the top, stayed for about a half hour and then headed down. My wife would rappel and then I would solo down the pitches. We got to the icebridge before dark. The hike out was fun, but the GPS was essential in the dark to not get lost and save time. We got back to our car before 7 am. Enough time to drive into Columbus, east breakfast, and take a nap before driving back to Utah!
Hiked across the FTD Plateau in light rain to my camp at 11,700 ft the day before, then a 5:00 am start on a perfectly clear morning. Made the top at around 9:00 am, and made 3 raps to avoid the sketchy downclimbing. Made it back to camp just in time to sit out an afternoon hailstorm, and make the soggy hike back to the car. Glad the weather gave me a chance on my first attempt at this beast!
Bivied about 2/3 across the ftd plateau. Left next morning around 7:30. summitted around 11:30 am. we descended with 2 other climbers whom were nice enough to let us use their rope to get down the class 4+/5 section.