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Gannett Peak, WY

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Gannett Peak, WY

Postby aaron479 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:25 pm

Summit via SE couloir 30.7.13 Snow bridge was questionable (viewed/experienced on descent). Camped at base of Bonney Pass 11h 40m base to base. Bonney was soft packed snow (no crampons). Stayed far right in snowfield and crossed several crevasse on way to base of SE coulior (good travel). SE couloir was perfect snow conditions. Descent via gooseneck coulior was a sheet of ice. 2 rappel stations on skiers left that would have been useful if you could see them from top. Picket in middle was not desirable...however, it was great to have it there. Ice screws (x2) would have been handy (snow was not quality for a snow picket). Snow bridge was small enough that we did not trust, rappelled over main bergshrund on gooseneck from skiers right to snowfield.

Seneca Lake, Bonney Pass, just below Titcomb, back to car 3.5 days.

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Re: Gannett Peak, WY

Postby bearcat » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:00 am

Aaron, thanks for the beta. I'll be there next week and it sounds like ascending and descending the SE couloir will be the preferable route.

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Re: Gannett Peak, WY

Postby aaron479 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:09 am

Ascending the SE was best for us. The snow was perfect for tools and crampons. Descent is a crap shoot. There are rappel stations on the skiers left of the gooseneck. We had a 120f rope and it was a bit spicy after that. Have fun and camp right below the Bonney Pass start if it is not busy (there were 3 or 4 areas to put up camp. The people that camped at Titcomb had long days...and, the Mosquitos were pretty thick at the lakes.

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