Peak(s):  Granite Peak, MT - 12,799 feet
Tempest Mtn, MT - 12,500 feet
Mt Peal, MT - 12,409 feet
Froze-to-Death Mtn, MT - 11,765 feet
Date Posted:  08/20/2009
Date Climbed:   08/16/2009
Author:  Kevin Baker

 Granite Peak: An Exciting Finish to the Lower 48  

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 Comments or Questions

02/05/2011 00:22
Great trip report, it definitely provided a lot of good detail about the route and the climb in general. I think I am still a couple years away from trying this one, although somewhat relieved you put as #4 and not #2. Good luck on Denali!


what a trip
08/21/2009 16:03
Looks like a fun little adventure of solitude and scrambling. That region kind of looks like a Glacier Gorge, Weminuche and hint of Sangres, all wrapped into one (from the pics atleast).

Interesting take on highpoint difficulty Kevin, did you judge from personal experience? elevation gain? Crevasse potential? Exposure? Just curious, I‘ve never done Denali or Gannett, but thought Rainier was just a really long Mt.Massive (not to underplay the difficulties of the mountain, I just thought it was a lot easier than expected, thats all).

Thanks for a really cool Montana report....


Thanks and congrats to all of you
01/19/2011 03:38
This is my favorite TR thus far on any site for Granite.
Only one state to go!

Kevin Baker

08/21/2009 16:13
I had a lot longer summit day on Rainier and I was physically spent when I got to the top, even with good weather despite a stiff wind. I also caught Rainier when the crevasse danger wasn‘t too bad on Emmons. If you look strictly at the climbing moves required, then Granite is harder than Rainier. If you look at the whole picture, Rainier is tougher. I know some would disagree though since personal experience is a big factor in perception of difficulty. Granite isn‘t too bad as long as you catch a good weather window and are comfortable with exposure. I sure wouldn‘t want to be on it up high in a storm though and FTD plateau can really demoralize you!

Vermont Mike

08/21/2009 20:02
Nice work Kevin, looks like you guys had a lot of fun, and glad you were able to get it on the first try. You and others on this site serve as great inspiration to a newbie like me! I remember seeing Granite from the Beartooths and I got a lump in my throat even thinking about climbing it! When‘s Denali?


Good work!
08/22/2009 02:28
Its a pretty fun mountain. Great photos

48 is many!


08/22/2009 03:41
Nice work! Great photos and write-up, too. And congrats on finishing the lower 48 -- what a tremendous accomplishment.


Beautiful description
08/22/2009 13:36
and photos, Kevin! Congratulations on this one, surely one of the tougher state highpoints (although I was happy to see you rate it as #4 :-) I was all set to head up there next week, but with the cold temps and - snow! - I‘m putting this off till next August, instead. You should do an article for Apex... or maybe you already have.


Sweet, sweet, sah-weet!
08/23/2009 12:59
This peak has long been on my ”soon-to-climb wishlist”, and loved this TR! Thanks, and great job!!


Fantastic! - FInishing The Lower 48! WOW
11/30/2010 17:28
What a trip, TR and beautiful shots. (what's yr camera gear?)
Make sure to pass on to CMC. They post a list of member's significant mountaineering accomplishments each January. Granite ranks right up there. I really like the way you always seem to manage to work in a few other peaks. Gotta figure that one out. Hope you do not mind me using this as a planning doc for next year.
A Mountain Holler for you for your fine accomplishment.

Kevin Baker

08/23/2009 19:44
Thanks for the responses, guys. Granite was a cool one to finish the lower 48 on. Uwe, I have a Canon Powershot 720 IS and usually just have it in auto mode. You can‘t go wrong with a Canon. Picasa is a great way to edit your pics in, but it does take a bit of time.

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