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 Post subject: Gannett Peak, WY-SplitEdition
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:17 am 
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Location: Lander, WY
Players: Tele-brothers: Chris and Tim Weydeveld, AT: RandoSteve Romeo, and Wysplit_ride

Destination: Wind River Mountains-Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest summit with a 16 mile one-way approach via Cold Springs and Native American guide dropping us off at the trailhead for a hefty fee. Total miles approx. 40

Photos: Steve Romeo, Wysplit_ride

Thanks to: www.backcountry.com for the great gear and support, and to Steve, Chris, and Tim for making this a fun trip.

A western start to a western trip. The RandoRig with practice bucking bull barrel and Wind River Mtn. Range:
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Steve and Chris sorting gear out at the Cold Springs trailhead:
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Our first obstacle, five miles and 2000 feet over Scenic Pass to Ink Wells:
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Steve crests over Scenic Pass:
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Tim and Steve catching first views of Gannett Peak's north side and Gannett glacier.
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Our original goal was to make it to high camp in one day instead of two, but we had to take two days due to marginal snow in Dinwoody drainage with many, many transitions between skinning and carrying boards. Finally at basecamp on the Dinwoody and Gannett Creek confluence gearing up for summit day:
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We decided to make an attempt for the summit at 2:30 am the next morning after our two day approach. The weather seemed to be shifting and getting windy when we turned in for the night.

Morning came and the winds were fierce, but we were greeted to a clear sky when we started skinning for the Gooseneck Glacier and Gannett Peak in the background:
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Soon we were ready to crampon up, but clouds were quickly moving in and covering the summit ridge and summit. It wasn't looking good:
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There seemed to be little pockets in the weather, so we decided to boot up to the Gooseneck Pinnacle and summit ridge. We would decide then if the summit (in clouds to the right) would be possible. Time to cowboy up:
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Chris, Steve, and Tim at the top of Gooseneck Pinnacle checking the situation:
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The clouds would offer little breaks, so we decided to push for the summit:
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Soon the summit was near. Chris and Steve making the final steps to the top of Wyoming with grins:
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Chris, Steve, and Tim doing the summit dance on Gannett Peak:
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With more weather moving in, we didn't waste any time strapping in for a fun ride down. Wysplit_ride checks his line down to the Pinnacle:
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Romeo getting his jump turn on with huge cliffs lurking beneath:
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Tele-Tim getting his groove on:
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Chris skimming his way down to Gooseneck couloir:
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Wysplit_ride loving this line:
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RandoSteve getting ready to drop Gooseneck Couloir:
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Tim getting down on the lower flanks of the mountain:
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It was a great day on the mountain, fantastic company, and some of the most amazing country I have ever been in. Please stay tuned for some more June stoke from this area.

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And yet again, another awesome trip report. Way to go J.


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BRAVO!!! 8)

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Excellent Sir. Glad you got your goals acomplished! Looks like some amazing terrain. How steep was that top couloir?


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Nice job!! The winds are such a cool range...can't wait till my next trip down there....sometime this summer hopefully.


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Nice pics J

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 Post subject: Re: Gannett Peak, WY-SplitEdition
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Awesome! Congrats man, that's quite an accomplishment, and a beautiful line.

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Wysplit_ride loving this line:
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I think I just wet my pants. Those lines in the distance look like Dana Plateau! :)


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Jim, calm down. That's NOT the platueau.

Friggin awesome pics and even awesomer terrain.
What line did u guys ride exactly? Maybe I'm not observant, but I'm not sure from the pics.

Lol, at entrepreneurial native americans. Kinda funny they'd enforce trespassing on someone just enjoying nature. I thought they were the ones that didn't believe in land ownership in the first place.

Just bugs me. I guess they can't let go of grudges.


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BGnight wrote:
Jim, calm down. That's NOT the platueau.

Yeah but... it sure looks nice!

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Lol, at entrepreneurial native americans. Kinda funny they'd enforce trespassing on someone just enjoying nature. I thought they were the ones that didn't believe in land ownership in the first place.

Just bugs me. I guess they can't let go of grudges.

Way OT but... grudges?? The way that the US has treated the native americans is just downright embarassing (check out "A People's History Of The United States" for some interesting info - the stuff they don't tell you in the normal history books). If I'd been treated like that I'd be holding a lot more than a grudge. What bugs me is that whenever they get the tiniest bit of wealth, whether it be through casinos or whatever, people think it's somehow not fair.

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Back to the radness of this trip. :) Sorry for the interruption.


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Talk about a playground! Looks amazing. 8)

You must have been like a kid in a candystore. Thanks for sharing with us Wyo!!! :thatrocks:


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I'm fully aware of how they've been treated and all the atrocities yada yada.
I still think blocking access out of spite is childish. I actually am fine w/ them charging $$ though. I have no problem w/ them making money. It just is where I think they're coming from to charge people I don't like.
*gasp!* what an unPC POV by me!

I really want to read that Zinn book though.

off the soapbox and back to the TR!


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Amazing WSR. Thanks for posting it up!


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