Ascent of Granite Peak on 1977-08-14
|Others in Party:||Can't Find ClimberID br>Dave Dalthorp|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, August 14, 1977|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||12799 ft / 3901 m|
Ascent Trip ReportApproaching the mountain from the pass between East and West Rosebud is the easiest. There is a nice trail from Mystic Lake to the pass. By contrast on the Huckleberry Creek route the trail is not nearly as good--expect brush and boulders even at low elevations. The East Rosebud side is probably second easiest, but it makes for a very long day from E. Rosebud Lake to Tempest Peak. If you go from that side, take the trail all the way to the pass and do not be tempted to trek to Phantom Lake and hope to climb to the plateau from there...unnecessarily difficult.
A group of eight or nine of us (ages ranging from 11 to 48) camped at Mystic Lake the first night, hiked to the pass between E. & W. Rosebud, trekked across Froze-to-Death plateau and camped at the "comfortable" campground at 12,000' on the shoulder of Tempest. Above 11,000', the plateau is mostly large boulders, but there are a few, small gravel patches that you can squeeze a few tents onto near Tempest. There should be water available in the form of water dripping from a snow field.
We woke before dawn for the ascent. Water was frozen. We began the climb at dawn and summited late morning. Camped at Tempest again that night, and returned to W. Rosebud the next day.
(Beyond month and year, I don't remember the exact day.)
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