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Ascent of Granite Peak on 2007-08-01

Climber: Caj Svensson

Others in Party:Eva
Daryl
Pete
Luis
Paul
Gerry
Date:Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Granite Peak
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:12799 ft / 3901 m

Ascent Trip Report

We gathered in Red Lodge, at the Jodeler Motel. Prepared the packs and had a good dinner. Drove in few cars, maybe three or four, to the trailhead in Alpine. Parked and hiked along the Phantom Creek trail. Camped at the saddle at about 10,000 ft. Dinner and then in bed. Next day, we hiked across the Froze to Death Plateau to a new camp location at maybe 11,800 ft. This is where some of our friends had to turn back due to a snow storm in August.
We were lucky to find prepared flat areas for all of our tents. Another groups was camping closely to the Tempest Mountain. The Mountain Goats were all over the place. Day three was planned for scouting the route on the mountain and we set off up and then down to the saddle and up to the next saddle. The was no snow in the second saddle and we could easily pass over it. I free climbed to look over the ridge, into the next canyon. Pete, Paul and Gerry followed me, and when I turned back, three older men passed us and my three friends followed them to the top. Eva, Daryl, Luis and I returned to camp to rest for our next day summit attempt. The three guys came back and we saluted them with drinks and dinner after their successful climb. We made an alpine start of day four, with breakfast and then departure. No events going up to the first and second saddle and we all free climbed up the first ridge and down into the canyon. Then up the next ridge and down in the final canyon. Roped up and I lead the final push. One event that I will never forget is when Daryl slid over a big rock in an exposed area and it started to give away. I stood up and helped him but the rock didn't move further. Puh.
Easy rock climbing to the summit. We rested on the big summit rock and enjoyed #48. This was #48 for Daryl as well but with different highpoints missing. We are now truely 48 HP Completers.

Another party reached the summit after us and we help to get their pictures and they help us. One guy did climb in flip flops.

Going down, I decided to repell, Luis was the great rope manager. We rapelled maybe eight times until we finally reached the upper saddle and could hike back to camp. Rain started to pick up. Our friends met us with hot drinks and we enjoyed dinner together. It was a long summit day for #48! We hiked out the fifth day. Gerry sprained an ancle on the plateau but as Paul is a doctor, Gerry was in good hands.
Back at the cars, Eva tried to get new rooms for us at the Jodeler, but in vain. Her skill showed up as she managed to find a really nice place along the highway South of town. They served steak and a lot of beer. Eva and I took care of the food and Daryl paid for the beer.

A great summer 2007 with four more state highpoints in the bag. Daryl and I started to loosely plan for #49, Alaska.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:8674 ft / 2643 m
    Extra Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:25.6 mi / 41.2 km
    Trailhead:6125 ft / 1866 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads



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