The First Ascent of GrandJean Peak’s Point 9144 And Peak 9180+ East

By Sean Duffy

My friend Chris and I made it up Grandjean Peak, Point 9144. This is a very rugged and special area and my ascent was aided by Greg Parker’s knowledge of this area. Because it’s only a 9000 ft ridge, you don’t hear anything about it, but Grandjean Peak presents serious climbing challenges.

We left the trail northeast of 9144 and ascended the obvious NE ridge toward Grandjean 9144. It gains 3000 feet in less than a mile. There’s tons of 3rd, 4th and low 5th. At the base of the climb, we squeezed in a narrow slot and with some difficulty and worked a tough bulging move into a grungy chimney where it easily went to the summit from there. There was no summit log, rap slings or anything. Short 5.6 C1 or 5.9

Grandjean Peak's Point 9144 viewed from Peak 9180+ East with Tohobit Peak in the background. Sean Duffy Photo

Grandjean Peak’s Point 9144 viewed from Peak 9180+ East with Tohobit Peak in the background. Sean Duffy Photo

Route of first ascent. Sean Duffy Photo

Route of first ascent. Sean Duffy Photo

Rappelling a portion of the route. Sean Duffy Photo

Rappelling a portion of the route. Sean Duffy Photo

Another shot along the way.

Another shot along the way. Sean Duffy Photo

After summiting Point 9144 via mid 5th class climbing, we were not convinced the next pinnacle to the west [Peak 9180+ East] was not higher so we climbed it which involved a few 5th class moves. When we stood on top and looked back we still did not know which was taller. They are close in height.

After climbing Point 9144 Sean and Chris moved on to Peak 9180+"East. Sean notes: it looked taller and just as impressive. Sean Duffy Photo

After climbing Point 9144 Sean and Chris moved on to Peak 9180+”East. Sean notes: it looked taller and just as impressive. Sean Duffy Photo

The top of #4 presented a similar challenge, enhance by loose rock. There was no sign of anything on top of this either. We rapped down the rugged and cold north side and made it back to the car at 12am. Sean Duffy Photo

The top of #4 presented a similar challenge, enhance by loose rock. There was no sign of anything on top of this either. We rapped down the rugged and cold north side and made it back to the car at 12am. Sean Duffy Photo