With the deluge of rain hitting CO, my climbing partner Lee, called me up on Friday afternoon (1 hour before our meetup time to head to the Bells) and said we should head north to Wyoming and avoid the extreme weather. After some grumbling, I agreed, and we decided on Gannett Peak via Pole Creek, outside of Pinedale. We drove the 6.5hrs, slept in the car in Pinedale, and started out at 10am on Friday.
I've never been to the Winds before, but have driven by many times on the way to Jackson. From Pinedale the range is so deep to the West that you can't easily view their beauty, but within a couple of miles on the trail you are treated to appetite wetting views.
This approach is 40 miles R/T, 10,000 ft total elevation gain, and includes about 10billion mosquitos.
Island Lake, looking towards Dinwoody Pass
Pushing pretty hard, we arrived at upper Titcomb Lake at 5pm. We hunkered down shortly thereafter because of the rain. Decided to get up at 1am to check the weather (it was raining still) and then again at 2am...and it was clear! We left at 2:15am and eventually summit'd at 8:15am.
Titcomb Basin from Dinwoody Pass
Similar to Holy Cross, Gannett is mentally painful because you have summit Dinwoody Pass, then descent over a 1,000ft down to Dinwoody Glacier and then head back up Gannett. Reverse it to go home.
We got back to basecamp at 12:15pm, napped til 1pm, and then headed out. We tried to use my PUR water filter to fill up a nalgene, but it would NOT work. Lee filled his from a stream and chugged away! I declined and walked the 15 miles to the car with no water. (that sucked)
All in all, beautiful country! 2 days is a hard Gannett trip, but definitely possible.
View of Fremont for some beta
view of Fremont