Ascent of Gannett Peak on 2005-07-30

Climber: Caj Svensson

Others in Party:Eva
Date:Saturday, July 30, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gannett Peak
    Elevation:13804 ft / 4207 m

Ascent Trip Report

A mountaineering class in Sweden got us prepared for this big trip.
We met the Exum guide Calvin in Jackson and prepared the packs. Caj had about 60 pounds including drinking water. Met next morning to drive to Crowheart from where the O'Neal outfitters took us across the reservation land to the Cold Springs trailhead.
An uneventful but strenious hike over the 11,400 ft scenic pass and then down to the Dinwoody Creek where we set camp. Continued further on into the valley the next day and set the new camp at 10,400 ft.
Third day we did some scouting into the boulder field and then rested. Fourth day started in alpine style with headlamps. Reaching the boulder field, crossed it and continued up to the Gooseneck Glacier. Hiked up the glacier, crossing the bergschrund on a narrow snowbridge. Happy to not have to climb down and across the 'schrund. Climbed to reach the summit ridge above the Gooseneck Pinnacle. Followed the ridge to the summit to bag state highpoint #34, our first glaciated.
I proposed to my girlfriend Eva at the summit.
Hiked back to camp and had two more nights in the wild before O'Neal picked us up at the trailhead. We parted from Calvin and started the trip back to Denver.
My picture of Gannett Peak from the Dinwoody Creek valley made it to the front cover of Highpointers Club's newsletter, Apex to Zenith, issue #75, winter 2006.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9204 ft / 2805 m
    Extra Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Round-Trip Distance:32.8 mi / 52.8 km
    Trailhead:9600 ft / 2926 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:5 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Days 

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