Peak(s):  "Pk G"  -  13,260 feet
"Pk F"  -  13,230 feet
Post Date:  07/12/2012
Date Climbed:   07/12/2012
Posted By:  Layne Bracy

 G-sharp to F  

5:30am: Piney River TH, ~9300'
11:30am: Peak G, 13260'
12:30pm: Peak F, 13230'
5pm: TH

~12miles/4200'/11.5 hours

slopes south of Piney River, opposite my ascent

For the 3rd year in a row I started hiking up the Piney River Trail. For the 2nd time I saw a moose in the lake, scaring this one into the forest. This time, my goal was to copy rpb13's TR from 2010 on Peak's G&F.

There are now two large cairns at the Kneeknocker/Upper Piney junction, but somehow I missed the right one and started heading up and left. After a 20-30 minute detour, I reached the Pine River Trail again. Shortly thereafter, I was caught by a very fast hiker who had designs on a ridge run. I drafted off him for the next 1.5 miles and then never saw him again.

obstacles to G

At about 10400', I left the trail and started bushwhacking towards the Ripshaw Ridge. My goal was the F/G saddle, but I guess I wasn't committed enough and was lured by pleasant slopes to the south.

looking back to ascent saddle(brown patch right of H)

In the end, I hit the ridge at the saddle just left(north) of Peak H, maybe 1/2 a mile from Peak G. I hadn't really studied this section, so I just took it as it came.

false summit

There were a number of ups and downs, with some exposure and a few class 4-ish moves. Fortunately, the hardest moves were not too exposed. I used my height to advantage in a couple places, extending and dropping to solid ground.

still not there

Finally, after several false summits, I reached Peak G, maybe an hour after hitting the ridge.

Powell from G

From G, I downclimbed, then traversed a little and bypassed the main tower on the right, using another 'extension' move after passing the tower.

view east

initial descent off G

snowfield below F/G saddle

There were great views everywhere. From the F/G saddle, I descended as recommended to get around a wall, and the climb up F was straightforward enough.

gorgeous Gore lakes

G from F

descent off F

I finally found the 'right' gully for the descent, then enjoyed a little hail/rain in the trees to cool things off.

As always, another spectacular Gore day!

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  • Comments or Questions
Kevin Baker

07/13/2012 13:23
Very timely report, Layne! Good to see you getting out.


07/13/2012 15:13
Good to see your still getting out.

Steve Knapp

07/13/2012 18:33
Nice work Lane. I was wondering how these went from Piney Lake. Its always nice to see part of the Ripsaw up close. I hope to get up this one later this year, perhaps from a camp at Bubble Lake.


Nice hiking with you
07/17/2012 20:27
Now I know where to find the turnoff to the pass for next time, but it's not obvious. I bet it was way more fun descending via the rest of the ridge than going down your scree gully.

Layne Bracy

No doubt!
07/17/2012 20:49
I had more than one stumble down that gully - at least I cleaned it out some for the next person. Amazing how quickly you did the whole route: Piney Lake to G to C and back in 8 hours!!!

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