Fremont Peak (Wyoming)

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Fremont Peak
Upper Fremont Glacier.jpg
Upper Fremont Glacier on the north slope of Fremont Peak
Elevation 13,745 ft (4,189 m)[1]
Prominence 1,184 ft (361 m)[1]
Location
Fremont Peak is located in Wyoming
Fremont Peak
Fremont Peak
Fremont / Sublette counties, Wyoming, U.S.
Range Wind River Range
Coordinates 43°07′29″N 109°37′05″W / 43.12472°N 109.61806°W / 43.12472; -109.61806Coordinates: 43°07′29″N 109°37′05″W / 43.12472°N 109.61806°W / 43.12472; -109.61806[2]
Topo map USGS Fremont Peak South
Climbing
First ascent 1842 Fremont and others
For other peaks named Fremont Peak, see Fremont Peak

Fremont Peak is the third highest peak in Wyoming and straddles the boundary between Fremont and Sublette counties.[3] It is named for American explorer John C. Fremont who climbed the peak with Charles Preuss and Johnny Janisse on August 13 to August 15, 1842.[1][4] Kit Carson had been with the climbing party on its first attempt at the peak, but had gone back for supplies the day Fremont and his men reached the summit. Carson is thought by some to have been the first to climb neighboring Jackson Peak. At that time, Fremont Peak was mistakenly thought to be the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains, although there are actually over 100 higher peaks in the range.

The peak is located on the Continental Divide and is the second highest peak in the remote Wind River Range after Gannett Peak. The east flank of the peak is in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest, while the west side is in the Bridger Wilderness of Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Upper Fremont Glacier is located on the north slopes of the mountain.

Fremont Peak as seen from the west

Due to the remote location and difficult ascent, most mountain climbers spend a total of three to five days hiking up to the mountain, climbing to the summit and then later hiking back to their starting point.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fremont Peak, Wyoming". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fremont Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Fremont Peak South, WY (Map). http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=43.12467&lon=-109.61793&datum=nad83&zoom=4. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 132.