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Ascent to Granite Peak-Snowbridge on 2009-08-04

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Granite Peak - Snowbridge
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:12200 ft / 3718 m
    Remaining Elevation:599 ft / 183 m (3% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This climb was supposed to conclude the goals of my son, Marshall, and I to reach our 48th contiguous state high point. It would be my son's first time and it would be my third! We planned our schedule so we could enjoy a father-son summit celebration with both of us reaching our individual goal at the same time. Unfortunately, storms with lightning wisely discouraged us from making a summit attempt. We stopped on the other side of the snowbridge hoping to wait out the bad weather, but the lack of improvement forced us to retreat. During our descent, I felt the mountain build a static charge and we instinctively ducked to the ground as a bolt of lightning struck less than 1/2 mile away. The electrical static feeling on my body immediately disappeared. I felt very lucky. We hiked all the way back to the trailhead the same day, but we did not reach an open motel until nearly midnight. Just before reaching the car we got caught in a huge downpour. Within moments the rainwater was above our ankles. I was very glad not to be camping at a higher elevation in the stormy weather, but I was even happier to be alive to make another summit attempt with my son some other day. "There are old climbers and there are bold climbers, but there are NO old, bold climbers." Looks like my son will join me and become an "old climber" himself someday.
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