Camped at the Moraines and had to hike up in a gnarly storm. We up early and got to the base of the route to discovery we weren't the only ones doing the Owens-Spaulding Route. There were about 40 other people on the route in front of us including a guiding group by Exum of 17. We didn't move fast at all and nearly froze to death. There was also at least two k Che's of fresh snow on everything so that made the going even harder. Climbed it all with gloves and approach shoes. We got down to the trailhead 6:30pm
Climbed Petzoldt ridge route with Rob Hess of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, probably the best guide for Grand Teton. Stayed at Corbet High Camp (11,000 ft)the night before and left at 4 AM on summit day. Summited at 11 AM. The climb is rated 5.7 III, but with climbing in approach shoes, pack and wearing gloves (finally warmed up enough to climb without gloves at about 9:30 AM) it was a fun challenge. Booked it down to the cars and arrived about 5 PM in parking lot. Petzoldt ridge is said to be the best route on Grand Teton. Surprisingly Ron and I only saw 1 other party on the route so it's a great route if you hate the crowds.
14 pitches on Upper Exum after meeting George Knott and Rich on Wall Street.
1991: climbed to Enclosure with dad, Doug, Sully and guide.
2005: climbed Owen-Spalding with Chris & Reza
8/14/2013 Climbed with Exum via Upper Exum Ridge route. Quite the amazing experience. Camped at the saddle and had perfect weather on summit day. First real technical climb for me.
Fantastic route, but long, 19 hour day. Got nervous coming down in the near dark, but had a wonderful time.
We climbed the O.S. route with the Witich Crack Var. We camped at the moraine the day before and after. The weather was perfect! Sun all day and no rain while we camped and climbed. Though on the night before it did storm in the valley nothing happened on the mountains.
After a streak of bad weather we found a perfect day to summit. No wind, sunny, warm weather and not another soul on the famous Upper Exum. Absolutely the most amazing climbing experience of my life only slightly dulled by the 20 hr, 7000 ft day from the Lupine TH.
It took three nights at high camp and the caves for our team of twelve to get it done but we were victorious. Great climbing on both ice and rock with perfect weather on summit day. Climbed this peak with the Sierra Mountaineering Group (SMG) based in Sacramento.
I think we saw you guys on the mountain! Glad you had a safe summit!
Sierra Mountaineering Group successfully put 10 climbers on the Grand via the Exum Ridge and Owen Spalding Route. Rainy, cloudy weather plagued our ascent the two days before. Our patience was rewarded with a perfect, cloudless day and some fun moderate climbing on both ice and rock. What an amazing mountain and a true American classic.
Free-Solo Dayhike. Definitely not 5.4 by CA standards. More 4/5 class for the 600'. Lots of smoke from fires.
Rained on during the approach from the Meadows, it started clearing at dawn so we got onto the Lower Exum. Started raining harder on p2, so we bailed into Wall St gully. Clearing again as we intersected the descent trail, so we continued up Owen-Spaulding, and took the Wittich Crack around a log jam. Total white-out on the summit, and an uneventful descent. Would really like to get back up there...
12700 ft high point on Exum :(
Clouds rolled in early made for a quick pace on most groups
Upper Exum with my brother and friends. Could not have been a nicer time.
Climbed the OS back when i was a Sophmore in high school. It was my time in the tetons, and after that i was hooked. Since then i have climbed both the Upper Exum(twice) and the Direct Petzoldt routes on the Grand, and hope to do many more routes!
Amazing climb! Nailed the eye of the needle in the dark thanks to some excellent beta from another climber at the upper saddle. Got lost for an hour trying to find Wall street in the dark, but otherwise all wonderful in perfect conditions.
Direct Exum, 21 hours car to car. Lead p1 and 3-6 on Lower. Combined p3&4 and p5&6 for 4 pitches total. Soloed Upper in approach shoes. Buddy forgot his harness so I gave him mine and climbed in a makeshift sling harness.
Fantastic first 5th class alpine climb!
A long day with the hike back to the trail head. Finished up on "The Horse" (5.6?) which leads to the summit.