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Hello all, I am thinking of atempting Gannett Peak in the Winds in August of this year. I have been to the winds before for some rock climbing but have never done any ice or snow climbing. I would like to learn more about this and have read quite exstensively on the subject, but due to the fact that I live in Texas, I have not had much of a chance to practace these skills. I plan on taking it slow and learning as I go but I was wondering if anyone could give me some route info on Gannett besides what is in the Kelsey book. I was also curious as to how much snow there would be on the mountain. Thanks
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anyone?


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I went up a few years back (2000) in August I think. It was a low snow year (it varies a lot from year to year and through the season). We all had ice axes, and I had crampons, but the guys I went with didn't . I think one just had 5 tennies and was fine. I'd have probably been a lot happier with lighter footwear for the hiking. The approach was definitely the crux.
I made a page with description and a photo showing some of the conditions...

http://www.electricant.net/grundyman/gannet.html

Good luck with your trip. It is a spectacular region.


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If its a low snow year, just pray for clear weather. The rest is pretty cruiser. If its a high snow year, I'd strongly suggest getting some additional glacial experience before heading up there. Gannet has the second highest failure rate of any of the 50 high points. Its not an easy peak.


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What is a good mountain to get some glacier experience on. I dont have the money to pay a guide and as I am from Texas, I dont have a lot of friends who have experience with it. I am not afraid of failing on Gannett, I just want the experience and not to die. Any suggestions?


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http://www.summitpost.org

That page will have a whole lot more information on the subject, and on possible mountains around your area to practice on, than this site will. Good luck!


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What is a good mountain to get some glacier experience on. I dont have the money to pay a guide and as I am from Texas, I dont have a lot of friends who have experience with it. I am not afraid of failing on Gannett, I just want the experience and not to die. Any suggestions?

Rainier, Adams, Baker, any of the Cascade volcanoes will do. A lot of them are serviced by guide companies that will offer a relatively cheap intro to glacier climbing course. And even Rainier is a lot lower commitment than Gannet, and definitely worth doing on its own.

Practice rescue techniques from the comfort of your own home, and look around for other glaciers in the lower 48.

On a low snow year, its not too bad (the potentially first canine ascent of Gannet happened last summer, thanks to favorable conditions), but this summer will NOT be a low snow year.


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