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WheelbarrowMy Introduction to Teton Mountaineering  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2016


Be careful/have fun this time of year. There was lots of steep snow but it was soft enough that no technical equipment was used. Solid sledding made the descent a blast!

Felt like we weren't going to make it until we were actually on the top. Hard but worth it.
Posted Jan 21, 2017 4:14 am

guerinakSouth Couloir  Sucess!


Had a wonderful time climbing this peak. Hanging Canyon is amazing, and the climbing was actually fairly straightforward from here to the summit. I like the steep trail and element of routefinding, added a little fun to the adventure. Didn't see another person past Lake of the Crags. Will be back here for sure!
Posted Jul 14, 2015 9:24 pm

dino61111A fine, fine day  Sucess!


Everything about climbing this peak is enjoyable. Hanging Canyon is a truly unique place, with a nice hikers trail for access. If you are lucky, you may even choose the correct couloir to the summit!
Posted Apr 27, 2015 6:47 pm

nickmechSt. John  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012


Easy hike to a lovely valley and scramble to summit day after climbing The Grand
Posted May 1, 2014 1:40 pm

aedwardsS Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013


S Couloir, most of the route was a slog, I thought, but the scramble near the top is great. Views also great.
Posted Jul 31, 2013 3:52 pm

WOLFrisingThe Howling Wolf  Sucess!


Summer 2008

One of my all time favorite summits. I have this thing with wolves, and the view of Saint John from Jenny employee cabins always looked like a howling werewolf to me. i kinda had to. I summited via the basin housing Lake of the Crags with Cat. The summit ridge was knife-like and very rocky. Amazing view into three states!
Posted Jan 6, 2013 10:19 pm

NormanSt John  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2012


Great climb to follow the Grand earlier in week. Rangers at Jenny Lake suggest this one dayer... beautiful approach, no ropes needed, good views.
Posted Jul 28, 2012 1:12 am

seanoFrom Rockchuck  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2012


The ridge goes more-or-less at the 4/5.1 rating in the guidebook, but route-finding is very tricky, and the 5.1 is down, not up. A bit over 2 hours from Rockchuck to St. John. Trip report.
Posted Jun 12, 2012 6:52 pm

AndinistalocoNice spot....  Sucess!


I've heard that folks have a hard time finding the summit sometimes (which makes sense, as it's a long ridge). My best advice: start from where the lake's the narrowest, head north and angle west. the couloir should slant to just below the summit. there's a benchmark - and a black marmot.
Posted Aug 16, 2010 10:06 pm

mountaingazelleSouth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2008


Went up the South Couloir from Hanging Canyon. This is one of my favorite places in the Tetons. I’ve been in this canyon many times. Had nice sunny weather during the entire trip.
Posted Aug 18, 2008 4:01 pm

TetonJimmySouth Couloir  Sucess!


Hanging canyon must be one of my favorite places on Earth!!!
Posted Aug 10, 2008 7:08 pm

soslawDirect Jensen Symmetry Spire  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008


Ten pitches of sustained 5.6-7 on good rock makes this a nice feature to climb on Mt. St. John. Hail from hell on the way down. Fortunately we were near tree line when the skies rained hail the size of quarters. Nice to have a helmet when you need it.
Posted Jul 27, 2008 5:31 pm

wmollandSouth Coulior  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2008


Hanging Canyon is awesome and the hike up to the saddle from the bite in the lake yields great view of the area. A sweet peak for sure.
Posted Jul 20, 2008 4:46 pm

wyopeakMikeI love Hanging Canyon  Sucess!


Mt St John has always been a favorite of mine. I have been to the summit 10 or 11 times. One of the best parts is the hike up Hanging Canyon to get there. Early season is great when it is all snow to the peak. Lake of the Crags is wild when the ice is just breaking up. One time I hiked up Minga Spire, the peak to the west. To traverse to the peak to the east is an interesting scramble from the main summit. There are some great flat rocks to sit on and relax on the St John peak. It is a fast hike down, a real knee knocker all the way to the trail at Jenny Lake. A great way to spend the day, Hanging Canyon is always a magical place. I love exploring some of the far off parts of the canyon, way off of the beaten path. I once saw a wolverine across Lake of the Crags. No photos, but my friend also saw it through binoculars.
Posted Jun 12, 2008 11:16 pm

chugach mtn boyS Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1979

chugach mtn boy

A nice afternoon scramble
Posted Dec 2, 2007 5:27 pm

Thomas BeasleySouth Coulior  Sucess!

Thomas Beasley

Made for a nice morning hike before work.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 6:13 am

brendonRoute Climbed: South Coulior Date Climbed: Aug. 16, 2005.  Sucess!


Spent a day on the mountain and in Hanging Canyon. Highly Recommended! I'm not sure that I reached the right summit, though. I had to hurry a bit because bad weather was coming in.
Posted Aug 28, 2005 4:44 pm

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