I summitted the Grand the day before and coming up that couloir seeing jean wearing teens wave ice axes around pushing rocks down the chute was a cringe-worthy sight to be sure. I gotta get back there and go straight up the vertical section of snow next time.
Started at the Lupine Meadows trailhead by headlamp at 4:15am with the goal of dayhiking Middle Teton via the Southwest Coulior with my buddy Michael. Us old guys could have been in *slightly* better shape, but had done some running beforehand to get a little acclimated to the physicality of the climb. Almost no snow left at all on the route this late in the season.
Hopping boulders in Garnet Canyon was exhausting, and we got off-route quite a bit and hiked far too high to the left above the Meadows. This definitely ate some time.
It was exhilarating to reach the saddle and see Icefloe Lake far below, Teton Valley, and the summit of Table Mountain in the distance. Then we looked up the couloir to our right and the summit just seemed impossibly high up and far off. Thunderclouds were threatening as well, so we turned back. Routefinding was easier on the way down, but there are obviously SEVERAL possible "routes" through the canyon, as we saw cairns in lots of different places.
Michael and I will come back next summer and knock it out! Probably will camp in the canyon and give us a little bit of extra daylight.
Great day. Summited about noon.
15 hours and 17 miles round trip car 2 car. we summited. the smoke in the air was over powering.fun scramble though
Great mountain and view! Didn't touch any snow. Very straight forward and popular, bring a helmet.
This was my first trip to the top of a mountain in Grand Teton Natl. Park. I had only done easy 8-10 mile day hikes previously. The rangers at the station assured me I could make it in a day. I turned back at the saddle on the 20th due to weather (that never turned bad) but came back on the 22nd for another try. I'm terrified of heights so I was on the very top for about 30 seconds. I felt like the whole top of the mountain was going to fall into the valley. It is a long day hike, but except for the very top, I never really felt exposed. My only complaint : I was told by the rangers to follow the "climbers path" once you get beyond the end of the hiking trail. What I didn't realize, and what I don't think I was told, is that there are about 10 different climbers paths at that point. Looking back, I realize how stupid it was to follow a climbers path leading to the left, up underneath that face of what I think is the south Teton. But never having been there before, I just followed what looked to me to be the most heavily trafficked path. I'm sure I just missed the one I needed, the one that went right towards the middle Teton, not left towards the south Teton, but at the time, I was just busy moving trying to get to the top and back before the weather turned bad. There were a few times I heard rocks falling close by, but I eventually realized I was going in the complete wrong direction and was able to cross back to the right and get where I needed to be. A fun hike. Hope to make it to the south Teton this year.
what was the snow coverage looking like up there? Mandatory glissading / ice ax?
Tough wind, but the summit view was amazing
Winter climbed early this early year (bad weather and deep snow) and again on June 20th (perfect conditions).
This was my first climb in the Teton range, and it was a perfect introduction. Clouds early in the morning helped keep the snow hard and icy in the SW couloir, making for a fast easy ascent. Lots of fun glissading down!
This was an awesome mountain to climb in this range. In 2011, I fell down the Ellingwood Couloir 1200'. By God's grace I survived and was able to return and summit the Middle via the Southwest Couloir and had an amazing time.
Hiked/skinned up from Taggart Lake. Made it to the SW couloir. But turned around due to storm blowing in. Skiied down. Great trip!
Stayed over night in the meadows, and went up the Southwest Couloir first thing in the morning. Had plenty of snow the whole way up the couloir. Excellent views from the top!
One of the first of many Tetons. Climbed with several of the old gang from TLS( The Liquor Store) from the days before Albertson's and TLS moved to present location at Buffalo Way:)
First real Mountaineering trip - I'm Hooked
Caught in blizzard half way through - did along with South Teton.
Started around 6 a.m. and made the summit at 1:30. I could hear elk bugles all around me in the morning and I saw some grouse, coyote, and deer along the trail. I'd consider this a pretty challenging day hike for most people. Great view of the grand from the top.
Three days two nights in Garnet Canyon climbing the Middle Teton with two feet of fresh snow.
& year old made it up this with me and the bro-in-law. Great day
Impromptu climb of the North Ridge. JHMG Philip, gave us this choice as a practice climb to prepare for the Grand. Not typically an option, but I'm glad our guide knew competent climbers when he saw them.