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Decent winter route on the Grand

Postby eliassegovia » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:18 am

Hello, I´m a foreigner living in CO, and I looking forward to escape to the Tetons this winter. Still unfamiliarized with the routes and before I buy several books... can anyone recommend a decent winter route with exciting technical challenges?
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Postby dayinthelife » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:19 pm

Any route on Grand Teton in winter will fit the bill, but look over Owen-Spalding or regular XM for starters. The real problems are weather and snow stability. When the weather sets up there are a ton of people in Garnet Canyon so breaking trail is not an issue, and a fit party can get the job done quickly.
A one day ascent? A few days? Do you already have a time frame?
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Postby edl » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:37 pm

I think the Stettner Couloir is climbed a lot in the winter as well. I've never climbed the Grand in winter, but I've heard it said that in the right conditons it's actually eaiser than in the summer. The three hour grunt down from the Lower Saddle turns into a 15 minute ski.
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Postby eliassegovia » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:40 pm

Thanks guys,
I'm looking probably at a couple days frame in my way to banff last week of February.
I'll look up those routes you mentioned. Any suggested guide book to buy?
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Postby Misha » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:50 am

Is rock fall not a problem in Stettner Couloir in the winter? When we were climbing Direct Exum Ridge a couple of weeks ago, there was a constant bombardment going down that gully
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Postby edl » Fri Sep 18, 2009 5:08 am

Misha wrote:Is rock fall not a problem in Stettner Couloir in the winter? When we were climbing Direct Exum Ridge a couple of weeks ago, there was a constant bombardment going down that gully


I think it's better when it's frozen. The Stettner seems to still be the main ski decent.
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Postby dfrancom » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:57 pm

"Run don't walk couloir" on the north east side of Mount Owen. If conditions are right in early spring, 2 pitches of WI4 IV. Objective dangers HIGH! I am planning on trying this route this year.
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