Amazing climb entirely in snow following Owens Spaulding route.
What a great, majestic mountain! We had a great and speedy ascent up the ridge, with clear skies all around. A bit windy and gusty, but dry and fun climbing. I would go up and do this route again tomorrow. Hope to be back for this mountain and its neighbors in the future.
Still a lot of snow on the mountain. Traveling to the lower saddle required crampons and ice axe. We had to turned back the day before after reaching the black dyke above the lower saddle due to thunderstorms. Submitted via the Owen-Spalding just in time before snow showers hit us during the rappels on the way down.
Timeline: departed JHMG high camp at 3am, summit at 10am, back to the Lupine Meadows trailhead at 8pm with one hour break below JHMG camp.
Stayed at the moraines. Summit around 1 pm and back to the car around midnight
07/27/16: Best ever. Shared the summit with Broc, Jenny, Dan, Phil. Deb was our base camp manager.
Did it again 7 days later! Can't wait to come back more experienced and conquer the Exum Ridge.
I started this summer in no shape to attempt a technical climb but after continually challenging myself week after week I gathered the experience and confidence to free solo this monster.
Easy up the Owens Spalding. Amazing as always. Had a bear walk into camp 5 feet away from me- way cool!
Made it to the top via PG route w/ my good friend Jeff and our guide. One of the best climbs I've even done. A lot of snow left on the mountain from winter snows in 2010/2011. Stayed 1 night out at about 10K feet ... Taylor from JHMG was great.
Lovely day with Kendy and Petr (czech guys) on East Beyer's Face. Started sort of late, Tried to save time, so ascended Teepe glacier, fun climbing, summited at sunset, interesting descent in the dark… Fun. We got so thirsty...
We intended to climb the Wittich, but it was full of ice. Instead we climbed the Owen Spalding, which was also in the shade but less icy. The wind was awful and so strong. We summited though, hiked out, and drove all the way back to UT. Glad to bag this one!
We started at 1am and climbed all night and summited around 2pm, barely getting out of there in time before a thunderstorm. We got back to the car at 7:30pm the same day
Great day trip up OS.
Hiked up to the saddle on 9/1/2013, started in the dark early morning of 9/2, reached summit then made a rainy walk back down to the trail head. Thanks to Exum Mountain Guides.
Just an amazing time! First technical climb ever. Love the snow, the wind, the clouds, all of it. Nice to stand atop a mountain so grand knowing that millions of people view it from below.
OS route. Proposed to my girlfriend on the summit. Now wife!
Camped at the meadows, climbed with Vlato and Norman. Summited late at 3pm but no storms. Your up there on that climb.
climbed the uber-class upper exum ridge on the grand with AJ. we were pretty cold from the start of the technical climbing until we emerged into the sun above the wind tunnel. great, awesome climb with super pitch after excellent pitch! want to climb it again!
Fun and challenging climb with a great group of friends. The team of Steve, Dan, Cameron, Nik and myself had a perfect weather window. The belly roll and crawl had epic exposure. The double chimney, Owens chimney and Sargents chimney had snow and ice in sections making it a little more challenging. The Grand certainly lived up to its name!
Great climb up the OS with Matt and Ty.
We were among the first several groups to summit The Grand in nearly a week, because of ice and snow. The weather was perfect for our climb. A little snow on the OS descent, but easily manageable. Great climb!