Big 12 Trip reports (Post them here.)

Big 12 Trip reports (Post them here.)

Joined: June 21st, 2006, 11:43 am

January 29th, 2009, 3:07 pm #1

In the recent Granite Peak thread Mark S. posted a link to an excellent trip report. I would suggest that we post links to informative trip reports here for the tougher state highpoints of Denali, Rainier, Gannett, Hood, Granite,Whitney, Kings Peak, Boundary Peak,Elbert, Wheeler, Guadalupe, and Katahdin. The more pictures and information about the route the better. Don't post the trip reports that are already on Summitpost. Here is a few:

http://www.jackieandalan.com/graniteroute.html

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=193062 Gannett Peak
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

January 31st, 2009, 11:35 pm #2

From my archives:

Mt. Whitney, 2001

Guadalupe Peak, 2001

Mount Katahdin, 2002

Wheeler Peak and Mount Elbert, 2004

Also, I'd put Arizona in the same league as TX and NM, so...

Humphreys Peak, 2008

These, plus the others among the 42 I've done are under the "highpointing" section of my web site. For County Highpointers, check out the Mt. Ritter section as well, "my" mountain being the highpoint of Madera County, CA.

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Joined: July 26th, 2004, 2:40 am

February 3rd, 2009, 3:50 am #3

In the recent Granite Peak thread Mark S. posted a link to an excellent trip report. I would suggest that we post links to informative trip reports here for the tougher state highpoints of Denali, Rainier, Gannett, Hood, Granite,Whitney, Kings Peak, Boundary Peak,Elbert, Wheeler, Guadalupe, and Katahdin. The more pictures and information about the route the better. Don't post the trip reports that are already on Summitpost. Here is a few:

http://www.jackieandalan.com/graniteroute.html

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=193062 Gannett Peak
Here is a trip report on the easiest way up Gannett Peak:

http://picasaweb.google.com/TSL144/GannettPeak2008

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Joined: March 28th, 2005, 10:24 pm

February 3rd, 2009, 6:23 am #4

I loved reading the trip report and seeing all the wonderful photos.

I'm not certain it is truly the "easiest" route to the summit, but the main thing is you made it!!!

I'm curious... Having yet to attempt Gannett Peak, what is it about the route you took that makes it much easier than the standard route(s)? Is it just because you were successful you said that? Inquiring minds want to know!!!
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Joined: July 26th, 2004, 2:40 am

February 5th, 2009, 4:58 am #5

Thanks! I think that the West Couloir climbing route is less technical than the others. You need crampons and an ice ax to cross Minor Glacier, but there are no crevasses, and you don't need to rope up. A rope is not needed for the small bit of rock climbing near the top, either (although there were rappel slings up there). Bushwhacking up Tourist Creek and clambering over miles of boulders is strenuous, but can be made considerably less bad by packing very light. Traveling off trail can be discouraging if you pick the wrong detours, which is inevitable at least occasionally. I ended up attempting this route four times, and found it easier each time, probably in very much the same way that laboratory mice learn to run mazes.

I have also tried the Glacier Trail approach from Dubois, which is longer and more strenuous, even though it has a trail. Using horses would make that approach route the easiest one. However, the climbing route on that side, via Gooseneck Glacier, would still be steeper and longer. Most people start the Gooseneck route in the middle of the night, but you can wait for sunrise on the West Couloir route.

Probably the easiest, surest way up Gannett Peak would be via Dubois with horses and a professional climbing guide service. If you want to do it yourself, however, I would recommend the route I took. If this sort of thing is at the upper end of your difficulty scale, as it was for me, you need to be especially cautious, because it is so remote. Good luck!

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Joined: March 28th, 2005, 10:24 pm

February 6th, 2009, 12:53 am #6

Again, thank you for sharing.

There is plenty of time for me to figure out routes, partners, etc.
But hearing insight from other summiters (such as yourself) is really important to me, especially when the route is one less traveled.
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 11:43 am

February 6th, 2009, 4:09 pm #7

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