Ascent of Froze to Death Mountain on 2015-07-25

Climber: Marshall Stewart

Others in Party:Dennis Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Froze to Death Mountain
    Elevation:11760 ft / 3584 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is our second attempt on Granite Peak. We camped about a mile below Froze to Death Mountain at around 10500 feet. Day 2 we made a summit attempt on Granite but my father struggled and it was 1030am before we reached the base of Tempest Mountain. We climbed Tempest and Froze to Death Mountain instead and decided to get an earlier start for him the next day. Day 3 we attempted Granite Peak again this time hitting the base of Tempest Mountain at 8am but the weather was not as nice. We pushed on to the snow bridge and started the technical climbing. After climbing the first chute and hitting the first shelf, the clouds rolled in and it started sleeting with severe over casts. We assumed cairns would be in place for the "standard route" but struggled finding this route. We followed cairns to the left and continued climbing, but it got more and more technical. With the weather getting worse and the now very wet rock, we turned around at about 12300 feet with .13 miles from the summit. We were climbing another chute when we decided to turn around and my father had climbed 10 feet above me to the next small shelf. He had to get back down to were I was but the rock was so wet now he slipped while climbing down and was forced to jump to avoid a fatal fall. This 10 foot leap to my shelf left him bruised, bloodied, and with a broken foot. He had no choice to push on to get to a safer area of the mountain. He slowly limped back to base camp and the next day limped out to seek medical attention, being diagnosed with a double spiral fracture of the fifth metatarsal. What a trip!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5200 ft / 1584 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1, 2, & minor
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5200 ft / 1584 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:West Rosebud to Trail 17
    Start Trailhead:West Rosebud Creek TH  6560 ft / 1999 m
    Time:1 Days 13 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Granite, Tempest, Froze to Death (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Froze to Death Plateau2015-07-25 
1(Attempt) Granite Peak2015-07-255480 ft / 1670 m
2Tempest Mountain2015-07-255909 ft / 1801 m
3Froze to Death Mountain2015-07-255200 ft / 1585 m
4(Attempt) Granite Peak2015-07-265740 ft / 1750 m
Total Trip Gain: 22329 ft / 6806 m    Total Trip Loss: 0 ft / 0 m

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