timf wrote:Even harder then Rainier? We need to talk then. OK I'll start a new thread after scouring the SP page.
Okey dokey... for me, it was much harder than Rainier - although this of course will depend on your route on each and the current conditions: snow, stream levels, cold, heat, wind; avalanche, bergschrund and crevasse conditions, etc. The success rate on Rainier is about 50% - I can guarantee the success rate on Gannett is much lower.
Here are three good, unguided trip reports, from three different routes, that will give you some ideas for route selection. If you don't relish the idea of carrying a big pack, there are plenty of outfitters willing to carry your stuff in on horseback, for a fee.
Steve Gladbach's two-part TR, "Cooper's Traverse"
Cold Spring Route - 31 miles, 8,000'
Part 1: http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6580
Part 2: http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=6582
Kevin Baker's one-part TR, "Intro to the Winds: 19 Hour Epic on Gannett"
Titcomb Basin from Pinedale - 40 miles, 10,200'http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4738
Doug Hatfield's three-part TR, "Gannett Peak, The Trilogy"
Glacier Trail from Dubois - 50 miles, 10,750'
Intro & Episode I: A Brutal Beginning: http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4757
Episode II: The Coloradoans Climb Back: http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4781
Episode III: The Return of the Hikers: http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4805
None of these routes is easy, and they all present their own, unique challenges. But if you're looking to get away from it all - and really test yourself - for very little cash, Gannett is it.