At the summit
The climb for Gannett started on Thursday morning out of Pinedale, WY. For the first time on the expedition, the team used four-hoof drive – in the form of horses – for much of Thursday’s trek to the trailhead. The horses were able to take them fairly close to the trail, much farther than originally anticipated with the late season snow.
The team made camp, slept for a short bit and then left at 12:30 am on Wednesday for the summit. The first part was pretty dodgy – there was no moon and a snowfield stood between them and the summit. Night starts in the west definitely have their advantage as “afternoon” storms can take place as early as 11 in the morning. However, the downside to starting so early is that the team was basically climbing via feel and starlight.
However the day was theirs and at 8:41 in the morning, the team summited peak #48, Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming.