Snow on Granite Peak?

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Snow on Granite Peak?

by Stodtmeister » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:28 am

Planning on heading up Granite Peak this weekend 9/6-9/7 with my sons and wondering if anyone had been up there since the storm the weekend of the 23rd that could let me know what the conditions were like now.

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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by punchline » Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:16 pm

We went up the SW Couloir/Ramp from Lady of the Lakes Trailhead on the 25th - 27th. Some lingering snow and ice but we didn't use crampons or microspikes. One section on the ramp had an icy waterfall but one of the guide services had left a fixed line. Ice axes were useful but if there hasn't been any precipitation since the 23rd, you are probably OK.
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Heading up via Lady of the Lakes Trail
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Granite Peak viewed from our campsite
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Heading up the ramp
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Approaching the summit
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Icy waterfall in the morning w/fixed line
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Heading down from the Sky Top Lakes basin. As long as the sun was out, this crossing was doable w/o crampons - otherwise it might have been a quick trip into the lake ...
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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by chugach mtn boy » Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:40 pm

punchline wrote:One section on the ramp had an icy waterfall but one of the guide services had left a fixed line.


Wow. As recently as 2006 the SW couloir was virtually unknown and the S side of Granite was a deserted as the back side of the moon. Now we got guide services, fixed lines ... progress marches on, I guess!

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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by Bobber » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:00 pm

Way more snow than when I went up Aug 7.

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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by punchline » Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:16 pm

Yep - at least 3 parties in the Sky Top Lakes basin when we were there -probably a lot more went up there over the holiday weekend ...

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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by Stodtmeister » Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:04 am

Awesome. We're just headed up the West Rosebud route. We tried it the weekend of the 23rd and got snowed off of Froze to Death. Eager to give it another try. If all goes well we'll my little one will be the new record holder for the youngest to summit.

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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by splattski » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:27 pm

Here's a video of what to expect on a (impressive!) winter climb of Granite Peak


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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by markv » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:00 pm

The season is approaching again! I know a lot can happen differently between now and August, but tell me if i'm looking at this correctly. The snowpack is now something similar to what it was last year in mid-July. So would a good guess be that by mid-August of this year, barring heavy summer snows, the route might be almost completely melted out?

I'm thinking this may the snow year to try this route.

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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by Bobber » Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:57 am

You are probably right, Mark. I might go again if ya need a buddy.

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Re: Snow on Granite Peak?

by markv » Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:26 am

Thanks Bobber. If we went, we'd be in an inflexible time window in mid-August. Looks like a good route for having someone along whose been there. Usually i love routefinding, but with limited time and a long trip to get there, this may be the right trip to not spend a lot of extra time finding my way. Let's be in touch.


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