Scouting and warm-up climb for the Grand the next day. From my home in North Carolina to the summit of the Middle Teton in about 24 hours!
Starting from the Meadows I climbed to the col and up into the beginning of the SW Couloir. By keeping left at or above the height of the Middle Teton (12500 ft) one can (as I did) scramble over fairly solid ledges to to the crest of the West Ridge and follow that right and summitward. I traversed right again just below the summit, but this was probably not necessary. I recommend this variation as an enjoyable way to avoid the the steepest, narrowest part of the gully, which can be hazardous when other climbers are around. There are lot of class 4 variations here, so you can be creative but not terrified.
Another beautiful day in the Tetons! The SW couloir was fun, and the view of the Grand was amazing!
Great snow climb, lots of snow this year.
A repeat of a 1977 solo trip, this time with a teenage daughter. If somebody ever put together a book of "50 Classic Scrambles," this would have to be a contender. Beautiful rock and a gorgeous summit.
My brother and I got turned back on the Koven two days before so it was nice to make it up something. I went solo and didn't see anyone the whole day above the meadows. The snow was nice and hard in the morning all the way up the couloir. Awesome Views!!
We almost flaked! Glad we didn't. Great day with my brother Jake. It tied up some unfinished business.
Solo hike, Great time!
Great steep snow route that takes you to the Southeast couloir and tops out at the notch between the north and south summits. Easy rock to the true summit.
Greatest July 4th ever! After the climb we watched fireworks from the lawn of Snow King. Great couloir climb, learned a lot.
Did this 3 times last summer. My first big mountain, definitely not my last. The first time I puked the whole way up, but summitted anyway! Good walk-up route, but have moved on to bigger and better things.
Great climb. Inspiration for the Grand The following year.
With Zach Marquis in 2002?
Cool Summit, nice glissade down!
This was my first real mountain climb. I did it in one day, but took enough provisions for three because I thought I might get lost. My pack was so heavy!!!
A fantastic one day trip to one of the most beautiful locations in the Tetons. Unfortunatly I summited alone as ice about 300 feet from the top turned around my other group members. Incredible views though!
We started out of the trail about 8 and made it to the summit by 2 and spent nearly an hour relaxing and enjoying the view and beautiful day. It was a great day on a great mountain.
With my friend Karl Lainhart. We camped with our wives, Vonda and Tracie (thanks girls!) just above the Meadows at the beginning of the South Fork of Garnet Canyon. While the girls waited at camp, we summited the next day and returned to the Climber's Ranch. It's a long deslolate way to the saddle between the Middle Teton and the South Teton!
early morning ascent
I climbed this twice in summer 1993 (via Southwest Couloir) and thrice in spring/summer 1996 via the Glacier Route, Northwest Ice Couloir, and Buckingham Buttress. I climbed the BB in one long day from the Climber's Ranch. Dustin couldn't find one of his rock climbing shoes during his pre-dawn preparation, so he climbed the route in his big old leather boots. He actually took a whipper at one point and was thankful for the single cam he had placed after running it out. Another close call in the Tetons. We made the mistake of napping for an hour on the summit, and felt like crap when we woke up.