Granite Peak Climber's Log

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pdeangeli

pdeangeli - Oct 7, 2010 12:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2010

FTD via Mystic Lake

Weathered off, turned back at snow bridge. :( One of the most fun trips yet, due to great partners, location, etc.

moneal

moneal - Aug 22, 2010 11:19 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2010

East Ridge via East Rosebud Trail  Sucess!

Absolutely perfect weather on FTD plateau. Snow bridge was easy to walk across. Had the mountain entirely to ourselves. Technically it was pretty easy but I found the route finding to be difficult to stay on the 4th class stuff. We used hip belays in a few spots and down climbed everything instead of rapping. 7 hrs in from East Rosebud to Tempest. 6 hrs round trip to summit and then 5.5 more hours back down to East Rosebud.

lloyd

lloyd - Aug 20, 2010 10:45 am

East Ridge

Second attempt. Long approach. I thought the hike from W. Rosebud was a better choice than E. Rosebud. 8 hours from W. Rosebud to 12,000 feet on FTD (with some route difficulties). Four hours from high camp to summit (belayed snow bridge and one move on climb). I don't think I'd want to do climb without rope for raps.

rmick25

rmick25 - Aug 17, 2010 6:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2010

Route: East Ridge/South Face via East Rosebud  Sucess!

Quick two day summit. Weather was good overall, aside from a thunderstorm on way out. Decent amount of snow and water on Froze-to-death. Snow all the way from Tempest-Granite col to snow-bridge. Left ice-ax and crampons behind after bridge. After climbing first section. Realized axe wouldn't have been a bad idea to have after two scetchy snow traverses. Was solo and got bit off route and ended up climbing 5.6-7? chimney in plastic boots(over-kill? yes. only boots I had at time though) Fantastic fun overall.

reboyles

reboyles - Mar 13, 2010 7:49 am Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2007

SW Couloir  Sucess!

We did the SW Couloir in perfect weather. See Splattski's report on the SW Couloir route page.

Snowslogger

Snowslogger - Dec 30, 2009 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2003

FTD, east ridge, s face  Sucess!

Made the FTD boulder hop harder than it had to be due to fog, then it cleared. A good climb the next day, though we didn't set any speed records. Some study needed to stay on route.

paulstu

paulstu - Dec 15, 2009 6:04 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

Solo in a day  Sucess!

Soloed Granite in a day from Mystic and over Froze-to-Death - my 50th Birthday "celebration"...11 hours car to car. Only spent a few minutes on top since it was snowing. My 8th time on the summit, 7th one-day ascent...first time alone.
Paul Sturman, Bozeman, MT

Bond

Bond - Sep 28, 2009 10:00 pm Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2009

Damn Weather

Ascended Froze-to-Death via a couloir about 1/4 mile east of the Anti Duct tower. So many raspberries! We camped about one mile from the snow bridge, and encountered a fierce lightning storm in the night followed by snow and rain the next morning.

montaneer

montaneer - Sep 14, 2009 12:39 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2009

SW Couloir  Sucess!

Camped at Rough Lake on a five day traverse through "The Top of the World." From Rough Lake I crossed over the pass between the lake and Sky Top Lakes Basin leaving at 8:30. Made descent time over the talus and boulder hoping terrain in 2 hours to the base of "the slab." Ascended solo up the SW Couloir following the obvious path of past climbers. Summited in 1 hour 30 min. Found I had the route to myself which was awesome. Just me and the mountain!! The Couloir is listed as class 3 and lived up to its billing as the "Bowling Alley." Plenty of falling rock so no brainer on the helmet. No ice ax needed for the few remaining ice patches as routes around them were evident. Fantastic exposure higher up and amazing views!!

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.

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