Peak(s):  Gannett Peak - 13,809 feet
Date Posted:  08/09/2012
Date Climbed:   08/05/2012
Author:  CO Native
Additional Members:   Freeze
 Going for Gold on Gannett  

I don't really know how we were going for gold. It just happened to be during the Olympics that we climbed Gannett.

Gannett Peak is one of those mountains that just doesn't get the respect it deserves. I had told my wife early on in the summer that Jason and I would be climbing Gannett Peak which is the highest point in Wyoming at 13,809 feet. I kind of got a "that's nice dear" response from her, but she's never very impressed by the mountains I hike anyway. Once she saw me packing my rope, harness, ice axe, crampons, and helmet; then she started asking questions and responding to my answers with lots of concerned sounds. She said "I thought you just going to do some little 13er in Wyoming." "We are," I said,"it's just that it's a 40+ mile round trip and we have a couple of glaciers to cross." Apparently the word glaciers had not come up in our earlier conversations.

Gannett Peak is a fantastic climb and though it falls almost 200 feet short of being a 14er, it is certainly worth the trip for those wanting to expand their mountaineering experience beyond what can be found in Colorado.

Full Trip Report Here

 Comments or Questions

08/10/2012 05:27
Redemption on Gannett. Big Grats!

A pack difference of 27 lbs?! Wild. just wild.

Really enjoyed this report. Refreshingly succinct text, useful info, and nice photos of a staggeringly beautiful area. Island lake just looks like something out of a dream. This trip is one that I've been kicking around, but it's landed squarely on my radar for next summer/fall. Thanks for that.

How cool was it to rapp the Dinwoody schrund?

Grats to you both on making it up and back safely.


Great read and pictures
08/10/2012 05:53
Congrats, thanks for the entertaining read.


08/10/2012 12:38
Doing a 13er in another state must REALLY make you a hipster!

Congrats to you and Jason! Great read!


08/10/2012 13:46
trip report--excellent write-up, and pictures that blow mine away! Congrats on getting the summit with less-than-ideal conditions at the 'schrund, you definitely earned it. That western approach looks tantalizing--I may have to come back for it someday.

Your experiences running low on water and having an exceedingly long summit day mirror mine, even though we came from the east with an easier day. Amazing mountain and area, all around.


Gannett ! unlike fourteeners.
08/10/2012 13:58
Having done that trip twice myself, I can totally relate! Awesome trip report, and pics! Brings back fond memories.



08/10/2012 14:39
I've backpacked in the Winds, but never done any climbing (and I live up here!!!!). Your pics and report definitely inspire me to head out there soon--perhaps this Fall. Thanks!


08/10/2012 14:49
holy suffer-fest for that pair finishing around 2am. cool rap. way to get er done. beautiful back there!!

CO Native

08/10/2012 14:53
@ Jerousek: I pack totally different now than I used to. I used to be proud that I could carry a 75 pound pack. Now I'm older and smarter and am proud I can carry all that gear and it only weighs 48 pounds. I wish I would have brought my helmet mount for my camera during the bergschrund rap. The view looking into that when you come over the edge is crazy. It looked much tamer in the video than it was.

Thanks for the compliments on the report, and glad I've inspired some to got do this mountain. You won't regret it.


08/10/2012 23:39
Well done, and Congrats! Great photos. I love the stitched panos. We certainly don't ever have to worry about running out of beautiful places to see.


Great TR!
08/15/2012 21:51
Wish I saw this on Thursday before we headed up to Gannett on Friday as we would have had spot on beta and been even more pumped for the trip. Excellent pics and congrats on getting the summit. Definitly more physically and techinically challenging than I expected. Glad to see you got some beach time.

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