Middle Teton Climber's Log

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Wheelbarrow - Jan 21, 2017 5:24 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2016

SW Couloir Packed w Gapers  Sucess!

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.


cjrandall - Sep 11, 2016 2:32 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2016

Made it to the saddle!

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.


tlockling - Mar 26, 2016 4:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1986

SW Couloir  Sucess!

Great day. Summited about noon.


mfox79 - Aug 23, 2015 12:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2015

SW Couloir  Sucess!

15 hours and 17 miles round trip car 2 car. we summited. the smoke in the air was over powering.fun scramble though


wyomtman - Aug 17, 2015 6:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

SW Coulior  Sucess!

Great mountain and view! Didn't touch any snow. Very straight forward and popular, bring a helmet.

Matt Inman

Matt Inman - Aug 6, 2015 12:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2013

SW Coulior  Sucess!

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.

Katebarker7 - Jul 22, 2015 8:43 pm

Re: windy

what was the snow coverage looking like up there? Mandatory glissading / ice ax?


JRaphaelson - Jul 21, 2015 1:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2015

windy  Sucess!

Tough wind, but the summit view was amazing

Michael Tilden

Michael Tilden - Jun 25, 2015 10:33 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015

2x  Sucess!

Winter climbed early this early year (bad weather and deep snow) and again on June 20th (perfect conditions).


guerinak - Jun 16, 2015 11:39 am

First Teton  Sucess!

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!


ryan25haymaker - May 19, 2015 12:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2014

Success on the Middle  Sucess!

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.

Michael Tilden

Michael Tilden - Mar 23, 2015 11:43 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2015

Made it to the SW couloir

Hiked/skinned up from Taggart Lake. Made it to the SW couloir. But turned around due to storm blowing in. Skiied down. Great trip!


Apexrock - Mar 15, 2015 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2015

Southwest Couloir  Sucess!

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!


dino61111 - Jan 30, 2015 6:48 pm

Classic Teton summit  Sucess!

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:)

Michael Tilden

Michael Tilden - Dec 29, 2014 1:51 pm

First real Climb

First real Mountaineering trip - I'm Hooked

Michael Tilden

Michael Tilden - Dec 29, 2014 1:46 pm

Engaging   Sucess!

Caught in blizzard half way through - did along with South Teton.


aaronjames - Sep 28, 2014 2:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2014

Alone on the Mountain  Sucess!

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.

jasonhurst21 - Aug 4, 2014 6:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2014

Southwest Couloir  Sucess!

Three days two nights in Garnet Canyon climbing the Middle Teton with two feet of fresh snow.


bhobbs - Feb 20, 2014 1:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2012

With Bro-in-law  Sucess!

& year old made it up this with me and the bro-in-law. Great day


montanachris - Sep 11, 2013 7:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2013

Tetons; they come in pairs!  Sucess!

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.

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