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Gannett Peak 2013

Postby texaseagle16 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:29 am

Has anyone made an attempt up Gannett Peak in Wyoming yet this summer? I wanted to know of any conditions up on the glacier, like snowpack and the bergshrund. I am planning a mid July trip with my wife up Glacier Trail, so any input who be very much appreciated, thanks!

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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby ChrisinAZ » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:23 pm

I don't have any firsthand info from this year, but it looks like the snowpack is deeper up there right now than this time last year, when I was there (in a low snow year). My guess is that mid-July will be about the ideal time to hit Gannett this year, but be prepared for at least a snowbridge at the 'schrund, and possibly a few small crevasses, just to be safe.
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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby pbakwin » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:27 pm

Also be prepared for INSANE mosquitos in the Winds in July. I mean, hiking with a head net and full coverage.

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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby Hoot » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:36 pm

I was headed up there to climb Gannett from Titcomb Basin this week, but sprained my ankle badly a few days ago and won't be doing any 40-mile hikes soon. I got a very favorable conditions report from Fred at the Great Outdoors Shop in Pinedale (307-367-2440) last Thursday. My friends should be on the summit this Friday so I should have a first hand report on Monday.

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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby texaseagle16 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:00 pm

Thanks Hoot, I'll give Fred a call before heading up that way. Let me know the report from your friends up there this week. I heard it was a deeper snowpack this year meaning the bergshrund should be closed up and able to walk over. Mid July last year a snow bridge was still over it, so that is a good sign at least, thanks Chris!

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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby Crestoner » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:47 pm

Richard:

Hoot's friend here... We did not summit Gannett last week. But, the conditions up there are ideal: Bonney Pass a snow climb (~30-35 deg pitch), bergschrund no problem (from what we heard from successful climbers), snowy route most of the way on the mountain. I visited the Great Outdoors Shop on Tuesday, and got great beta from Brandon.

The skeeters up there are world class! I thought I would need a transfusion after a night at Elkland Lake. However, as you ascend into Titcomb Basin from Island Lake, they taper off and nearly disappear. We camped above the upper lake in the basin...only saw a few slow mosquitoes. We got a LOT of rain and hail up there. Temperatures were mild...the low at camp was ~45 deg F. But that made for some sloppy snow on Bonney Pass...

Attached is photo taken Thursday morning, from Bonney Pass. Note the trackway on the left, leading up to the summit ridge.
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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby Crestoner » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:57 pm

Here's a shot of Bonney Pass.
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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby Amosite » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:51 am

The bergshrund is starting to peek through and the summit ridge is alittle hairy. Other than that conditions are incredible right now.

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Re: Gannett Peak 2013

Postby Apex » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:57 pm

Thanks for sharing the photos and thoughts all.

Amosite - How was the snow above the berg? Any ice? Did you use any prot?

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