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Ascent of Granite Peak on 2020-09-06

Climber: Josh Super

Others in Party:Shalee Blackmer
Jake Gleason
Date:Sunday, September 6, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:12799 ft / 3901 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Continuation off of Cairn Mt) Didn't get very good sleep at our camp by the second Skytop Lake, the wind was very inconsistent all night and would go from dead silent to huge gusts at any given time. Didn't get bothered by any goats though.

Left at 5am and wandered towards the towering piece of rock. Jake was lagging a bit but doing good for never been up this high or climbed any sort of comparable mountain. Made it to the base and had enough light to put away the headlamps. Scree wasn't as bad as it looked, and we were able to avoid by sticking to the class 3/4 solid rock on the left. Once we got to the left of the slab we could finally see the SW Couloir (Ramp) and started heading up. We were spaced nicely from the groups ahead and behind us. Had lots of fun with the fixed ropes and were careful with our feet on the loose stuff. Soon we were at the top and overlooking the gash. Little eerie with the buzz of the helicopters echoing around us. They had been out two separate times the night before and we thought they picked up their targets but the winds were too strong yesterday. Finally were able to rescue the two non-related accidents, but unfortunately one didn't end up making it.

Had a nice route to the summit from there and had the whole block to ourselves for 15-20 minutes. Made it at 8.20am. Several groups coming up behind us and on the FTD route. The smoke pollution from the Bridger Fires made it hard to see very far, but the view was still stunning.

A little apprehensive about the descent, but it ended up being very smooth. Once down and onto one of the remaining snowfields, we came across Oliver, our long lost hiking partner that was supposed to do the whole journey with us, but didn't due to a trailhead miscommunication. He ended up finding two other friendly hikers, and they were on their way up.

The trek across the rolling talus fields was long and hot with the sun beating down. But we made it back to camp, took an hour break, broke down camp, and headed out around 1.30. Jake all of a sudden was full of energy and pushed the pace all the way back, a complete 180 from yesterday and this morning. Nothing interesting to report on the way back, made it to the car just past 7, tried to get dinner in Cooke city, ended up settling for Dominos back in Cody. The drive back was seemingly endless.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2399 ft / 731 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4149 ft / 1264 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2399 ft / 731 m
    Start Trailhead:10400 ft / 3169 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4149 ft / 1264 m
    End Trailhead:8650 ft / 2636 m
    Time:6 Hours 



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