#48 Finally summited Gannett Peak this past week. Glad I never have to go back now!

Joined: August 5th, 2010, 2:49 am

July 20th, 2015, 3:15 am #1

2nd attempt in 2 years. 5 day trip - a 2 day hike in to reach the base, an 8 hour grueling summit day, and 2 torturous days back out. This was about 10X harder than any of the 47 state highpoints I've done due to a bad knee injury on day 2 but I at least made it. If you're curious what it all looked like, here's the pics. Thanks for all your inspiring posts over the years. They prompted me to continue on even though I didn't want to...

https://picasaweb.google.com/stever5050 ... 7244206242

Steve R
Gaithersburg MD
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

July 21st, 2015, 12:07 pm #2

Many congrats on completing the lower 48. Really enjoyed your pictures. Looks like you had the exact same agenda as I had during my 2012 Gannett climb with JHMG. Pretty sure my "taxi" ride was even in the same pick-up truck in which you caught your lift.

if you don't plan on attempting Denali, you should get a 48-state comletion plaque. My 50-state plaque came last week and it is really nicely done.
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July 22nd, 2015, 12:09 pm #3

Just looked back at the year-end thread and see you've done Mauna Kea but still "need" Granite. JHMG has a great program on that one as well!
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July 23rd, 2015, 3:39 am #4

Beartooth Mountain Guides or Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for this? The folks I did Gannett with said they preferred Beartooth since JHMG went through Froze to Death Plateau and Beartooth didn't. I don't really know what this all means...

After I bag Granite, if I ever (when I) make it, I'd certainly like to get that 49 Plaque!

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July 23rd, 2015, 10:48 am #5

I can only speak to what I did and am unfamiliar with Beartooth Mountain Guides' agenda.

I went with JHMG for this one as well and we had a fantastic four-day climb with a great cast of clients and great guides. On Day 1, we hiked up past Mystic Lake and up "Heartbreak Hill" to our first camp on the lower part of Froze-to-Death plateau. On Day 2, we moved across FTD plateau to our high camp on the far end of it. Day 3 was summit day and back to high camp. On day 4, we hiked out.

FTD plateau is pretty exposed to the elements and not someplace you really want to be in a thunderstorm, so maybe that was the objection that was raised. But there are lots of places to seek natural cover along the way if you pay attention to the sky and plan for it. We waited out some threatening skies on Day 1 in a position of safety. Storm never hit as it turned out but we would have been "safe" even if a little wet.

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July 24th, 2015, 2:10 am #6

I will look into doing it with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides then. On the 5 day Gannett trip I was just on I really screwed up my knee, probably a torn meniscus, really badly torn, so after getting my MRI today, a dr's appt next week, and most likely surgery in the next 2 weeks, I'll heal, and be ready for next year. Hopefully I won't tear it up again!
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