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Granite Peak Montana Highpoint 12,807′

Granite Peak is Montana's highest mountain and it is judged to be the most difficult of the lower 48 highpoints to summit. It is a difficult scramble and many choose to rap two difficult sections on the way down. Despite being a difficult scramble the granite rock is infinitely nicer than our friable limestone.  There are various trip reports , route descriptions and even an alternate moderate scramble from the SW which has a very long approach. Granite Peak is only 50m shorter than Mt. Robson so it is a substantial mountain. Having poured over numerous the trip reports I'm inclined to use the Frozen to Death Plateau approach, although open and exposed is really a high altitude hike about 20K long. Being over 3000m high, the plateau is subject to wild mountain weather with severe thunderstorms,hail,rain,sleet and snow. With that in mind I think mid to late August will offer the most settled weather and the greatest chance of summiting.


Granite Peak  FTD Plateau approach

Granite Peak Forecast

13ergirl Granite climb

Driving directions

Required Items: Expedition gear, helmet, crampons,climbing harness,locking carabiner, ATc,mountaineering axe,food for 3 days. Sleeping bag (three season),sleeping pad,bivy bag,tarp and  personal mess kit. We will share two stoves. Rentals(bivy,sleeping bag etc) are available at MEC and U of C.

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  • Brandon B

    So when do we want to do our post trip beer and pic swap?

    August 27, 2013

    • Tyler M.

      I'm around this weekend. Let me know what works for everyone else.

      August 27, 2013

  • Gerry R.

    It was a marathon and I felt like I had given my all and then some. Team spirit and friendly Montanans helped us summit an amazing mountain unroped. The most enjoyable climbing I have experienced to date but sure glad we rapped down. Far safer than downclimbing given the effort we had to put in to summit. Thanks Brandon,Tyler and Makoto for grinning and bearing the hardships and sharing the triumph of summiting.

    2 · August 27, 2013

  • Gerry R.

    Had to change a link as the previous route description no longer works.

    August 15, 2013

  • Tyler M.

    Hi Gerry. My mobile number is[masked]-9874. Let's talk about trip logistics. Thanks.

    August 13, 2013

  • Tyler M.

    Hey everyone! I've been off the grid for a lite while in Northern Ontario. Great hiking and scrambling. I thought I'd say hello and thank Gerry for putting the initial led work into getting this trip to a 'go'. I'm sure we will all have a great time. Thanks for the tip on US insurance. I once had a $28,000 hospital bill in Stowe, VT. $11 insurance paid the lot! Cheers.

    August 7, 2013

  • Lukas

    Hi Gerry, I will know by the end of this week if I can take time off work for this trip, if not I'll remove myself from the list ASAP. Hope that's OK.

    August 6, 2013

    • Gerry R.

      Let me know. I had to arrange the time off too as August is a popular time for vacations.

      August 7, 2013

  • Gerry R.

    One item I hadn't mentioned yet is travel insurance. I can get expensive if you require medical attention in the US. Check your coverage and if it doesn't cover costs in US be prepared purchase some. I don't see it costing more than $50 for the 4 days. Make sure "mountaineering" is on the list of activities covered. I will make suggestions about a week in advance once everyone signed up is confirmed.

    July 31, 2013

  • Alex J.

    Jealous...will be out east sea kayaking on Lake Superior but maybe south of you in Wyoming perhaps on Gannet Peak the weekend after you guys...good luck!

    July 30, 2013

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  • Gerry R.
    Member 2016, RCA, AA1, GTA, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Brandon B
    Member 2016, RCA, A1-16, CR2
  • Tyler M.
    Member 2015
  • A former member

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