Peak(s):  Gannett Peak - 13,804 feet
Date Posted:  07/08/2012
Modified:  07/09/2012
Date Climbed:   07/07/2012
Author:  ulvetano
 Gannett Peak in tiring two days  

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.
Photographer's Point

This approach is 40 miles R/T, 10,000 ft total elevation gain, and includes about 10billion mosquitos.
Island Lake, looking towards Dinwoody Pass

Dinwoody Pass

Pushing pretty hard, we arrived at upper Titcomb Lake at 5pm. We hunkered down shortly thereafter because of the rain. ImageDecided 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.
summit shot
summit ridge
Gooseneck moat
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 Image
view of Fremont

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 Comments or Questions

Whats that white stuff
07/09/2012 02:10
Sweet report! Really need to get up there someday. Thanks a lot for sharing


Nice work!
07/09/2012 02:11
Definitely looks like different conditions than when I was there...glad the weather cleared enough for you guys to have a successful climb. And yeah, those mosquitos were vicious


gooseneck moat...
07/09/2012 03:03
amazing picture. Wyoming is on the to do list. nice job.


07/09/2012 03:26
Would love to see more, those are some fantastic vistas in Wyoming, who knew?


07/09/2012 15:52
Great report, thanks for the beta. Any snow on Fremont peak? Was it smokey up there from the WY fires at all?


Fremont beta
07/09/2012 16:25
thanks all. K-Berger, this was my first time up there, so all the peaks and passes blended together a bit. but I believe that Indian Pass and all the way up Fremont were snow free. I added another pic that shows (i think?) Fremont on the right... hope that helps. Cheers!


07/09/2012 18:49
Thank you for the photo, very helpful. Fremont is the big mound in the middle of your pic.


Cool, man!
07/10/2012 06:33
You're getting a pretty diverse peak list!


Nice hustle!
07/11/2012 15:32
That's a lot of miles to cover in 2 days. Impressive. Was there a snow bridge over the bergschrund or did you have to get creative? Headed up there Aug 11th and trying to figure out how light we can go. Certainly understand conditions will be different then. Thanks for the TR!


07/11/2012 15:36
hey all. thx for the comments.
Carl - there was a snowbridge, but I would imagine that it will be gone soon. it was definitely a 'bridge'. However, I think the rock along the left will offer some easy round-abouts. Just looking at the mountain opens up dozens of ascent options. (I was kind of bummed we did the standard fare)

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