I will be attempting Montana’s largest peak this Sunday ( Granite Peak 12,798 feet ). I will be attempting W7M PS005 tomorrow as they share the same trail and W7M PS005 is just short of Granite Peak. It will allow me to recon the trail and create a metric for the effort that will need to be put forth for Granite Peak. I will be doing both of these as one push, light and fast, no camping gear, minimal stopping, and quick pace. Granite Peak will involve some 5th class climbing and down climbing I feel is well within my ability without the use of rope. The loose rock will be somewhat worrisome and once summit is made there is very limited space and high winds I will have to contend with.
I will be bringing Icom IC 705, 5 watt battery, Sota Beams 20M 40M band hopper dipole, 13 foot mast, and of course the go pro. I will have a satellite messaging device to self spot via sms-gateway. I expect granite peak to take around 18-20 hours round trip with radio, 23 mile round trip hike/scramble/climb. I have an alert posted for tomorrows summit and will post one for Monday once I have a better Idea of the timeline. Neither of the two summits have been activated, please chase if possible. Any potential DX stations with good receive for weak signals would be appreciated as well. Wish me luck!