Jaskic wrote:Thanks all, guidance and words are much appreciated.
We're trying to decide between Grand Teton and maybe the Mountaineers Route on Whitney- I know they are two completely different animals, but each has a particular sway for us.
Personally, I would go with the Exum service on the Grand Teton. You can always make another trip to do Whitney, and it is worth the travel expense and time, but the Grand Teton area is something really special. However, it depends on the route you want to do on Grand Teton. If you are a decent climber with experience leading, you can easily do the 5.4 to 5.5 OS route(s), and don't need a guide. If you do a harder route, like upper or direct Exum, you will likely want them and enjoy things more with them. A harder route might be more fun as that would exclude the truly tourist climbers who have never done anything before and find the short backpack trip up to be hard work. I ran into a number of guided groups when I did the OS route in 2010. They ranged from students to retirees, and for a few, you could tell this was their first time even doing a long hike. Whitney can be soloed in a day or two, and I had fun, but I enjoyed it more in winter when the route was empty. The eastern Sierra is awesome, but larger in scale, whereas the Tetons-Yellowstone area seems smaller to me and is very diverse relatively speaking. Of course I say this, but if I take any trips over the next year outside of NM, AZ, or CO, I plan to go to the Sierra. Never the less, I recommend you go to the Tetons. Publish a picture filled Trip Report, and that way we can live vicariously through you.