I read with interest your detailed description of the Green River / Tourist Creek approach to Gannett Peak, and hope to attempt it next month with a friend. Aside from the weather, always an unknown factor, I have some concern about the summit ridge. I do not consider myself an experienced rock climber, though I do have some experience. My most difficult summit climb that involved rock climbing was Thielsen (near Crater Lake). I have also summited all of the western state highpoints except MT and WY.
Are there any anchors on this summit ridge?
Do you recommend crampons in mid-August? Ice axe?
If the summit ridge is so much easier, why is this route not used more? Does the Tourist Creek bushwhack intimidate most peakbaggers? .
>>>>>>>>>>>>The notch is on the Continental Divide, and the plains of Wyoming stretch away to the northeast. From here, scramble up the ridge toward Gannett Peak. The last 300-400 ft is a moderately steep rock climb. Experienced rock climbers will not need a rope here, but others my want a belay. If in doubt, bring a rope. This was an exhilarating climb for Tom and I in 1989 as spindrift was blowing off the summit snowfield, at times enveloping us in whiteout beneath a clear blue sky. Unforgettable!<<<<<<<<