Took it for Granite
28 Mar 1999 - by Aaron Schuman
On March 28, 1999, Charles Schafer and I climbed Granite Chief.
We left our car at the Squaw Valley parking lot, walked across
the street, found the trail behind the fire station, and headed up.
We quickly left the trail and hugged the boundary line of the
ski resort. Wandering skiers swooshed past us all day. Four
times we were visited by ski patrollers who were worried that
we were lost, and didn't understand why we were on snowshoes and
walking uphill. It wasn't exactly a wilderness experience, but
it was a climb nonetheless. When we attained the ridge, we
enjoyed a splendid view of Lake Tahoe. We thrashed our way up
the soft powder of the summit block and, at 4:00 pm, stood on
top in a chilly wind. Because the lifts were closed, we took a
short cut back to my car though the downhill ski trails. Six
hours up (not setting any records) and two hours down.
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