Summitted with my friend Corbin from Billings. Neither of us had done this route before. We had three days of great weather as is often a big part of a successful summit. I felt it was a much more difficult approach than FTD. The climbing in the couloir had a few difficult spots especially where there was ice, but the exposure is less severe. We approached Skytop drainage via Rough Lake rather than Aero lakes.
Great day, great weather, great fun. Made the summit with five friends. The snow bridge was quite minimal and the plateau quite dry ... all which made for a nice quick trip.
Brought a teenage daughter up while traversing the range from E Rosebud to Cooke. I had last climbed it 8/4/1979. It's still a beautiful and unspoiled peak.
Climbed with Bill, Gary, Wayne, Jeff, Gary, Rich, Stan and Jan. The climb was very exciting with sections of 4th class climbing and loads of exposure. I can't wait to do another climb like Granite.
I set this goal sometime during the 04/05 winter and that's how I stumbled upon this fantastic world of SP. In July of 05, I hiked up to FTD and realized I was way out of shape. By 06, I had proved my stamina on Mt Wood and made it to the Tempest/Granite saddle before realizing that to summit from high camp and return to the car in 1 day was impossible for me. Now on this day in '07, seven climbers had planned to summit and I made it farther than all of them. However, in the end I am just too inexperienced to be soloing the entire route and I turned back at the top of the X chimney.
Made it seven miles in. Hurricane force wind turned us around just before the plateau. Burly.
Summited twice from FTD, attemted N Face from Huckleberry, turned back at top of glacier (ran out of time) Went all the way from bozeman to top of granite glacier back to bozeman in 2 days (Sat, Sun) That makes for a LONG weekend! Oh yeah, my buddy took a swing at a goat (with an ice axe)in the middle of the night, the goat jumped over me and landed on my other friend. Jabbed him in the back pretty good. That doesnt happen every day!
After two unsuccesfull attempts;
Here I am again to tackle THE MONSTER from FTD plateau...
Thank to a group of very experienced rock climbing girls from nearby Billings; I was finally succesful on the top!!
We got showered on by hale on the way down... Very nice climb...
Thanks again girls for all the help...
Perfect weather. Met some great folks on the plateau; excellent trip overall.
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!