Time from Lupine trailhead to summit marker = 2:45:08 hrs. Straight forward. A tiny bit of ice and snow in the coulior, but not bad. Perfect weather! Fun! Headed up the South after summitting the Middle. Saw one bear on descent.
Camped overnight in a beautiful grassy spot high in the South Fork of Garnet Canyon. Route to the summit from there was a mix of snow and rock which was a little edgy for this 50+ eastern hiker, but ultimately doable.
nice and straightforward. uncrowded in early season, made for a nice climb. deep snow though. shouldve brought the skis.
Summited via the Middle Teton Glacier route. Lots of snow for mid-June, so we were able to crampon all the way to the summit. Just under 11 hours R/T from Lupine Meadows. Excellent route.
I never get tired of climbing this mountain. It's a great climb with a awesome view of the Grand. First time there the couloir was icy and filled with snow. It was a challenge to climb. Second time we had white-out conditions on the summit. Third time we had perfect weather and climbed it with the South Teton in one day.
Northwest Ice Couloir, 8/2/97
Southeast Ridge, 6/12/99
North Ridge (solo), 8/27/00
Chouinard Ridge, 8/10/03
Glacier Route, 6/18/05
Climbed solo. Technically an easy climb, but physically very challenging as a day hike. An an incredible view from the top, and an incredible experience all around.
This was a good climb - although it might've been better if we'd made a high camp instead of doing car-to-car. The glacier's a lot of fun - a few pitches of snow and ice that aren't too steep. Above the rock work is mid 5th class at the hardest if you're on route. Meaning, if it's harder, you're off route!
I think this one would be better earlier on in the season, when the upper portion of the route is covered with snow or ice - the mixed climbing sucked some serious time out of our schedule and we ended up stomping out in the dark. Luckily the Village Inn in Jackson was still open for an 11pm grease-fest....
Stayed at the Platforms. Not as high on the mountain as others but a nice place to stay. Usual crew, Scott, Steve Pat and me. Great day, great mountain, great friends. Nuff said.
I used to be a camp counselor at a Boy Scout Camp on the west side of the Tetons. Each year, at the end of the season, we counselors would hike the Middle Teton. We'd leave our musty tents in Teton Canyon in the middle of the night, cram into a junker van and a couple of station wagons, and depart Lupine Meadows well before dawn. We knew we had to be on the summit and down before the afternoon thunderheads rolled in from the Idaho desert.
No ropes, no helmets, no ice axes. Just hiking boots, shorts, a water bottle and a cheese sandwich, and the fitness that came from the preceding weeks of hiking, backpacking, swimming and running. The snow was always just right to kick steps in on the way up, and soft enough to safely glissade while going down.
I remember downclimbing from the summit on easy 3d class past a couple of guys, all decked out in brand new, bright blue matching shells and pants, with "The North Face" plastered across their chests. They were rappelling, and their faces bore the serious look of hard men doing man's work in a dangerous, manly environment. Their expressions changed to one best described as "mightily annoyed" as the Boy Scouts tripped past, intent on getting down to the thousands of feet of fabulously fun boot-and-butt sliding on the early afternoon snow, on a late summer day in the Tetons.
Did the Middle and the South in one day in about 11 hours. Good weather and tons of snow. From the meadows we used our axes about 2/3rds of the way up. All the snow made for a fast descent
Climbed in conjunction with S. Teton in about 12 hours total
Fun climb - except for the weather. Forecast called for mostly sunny skies with chance of late afternoon thunderstorms (sound familiar?). Awoke at camp in Meadows with very overcast skies. Climbed with on-again, off-again showers, wind, and a little sleet. Didn't spend much time on summit as weather continued to deteriorate and it was appearent the afternoon thunder would soon begin.
Had a great time climbing with Alan Ellis and Iceaxeman. Perfect weather and rock. Only downside was a few REAL MOUNTAINEERS (I know they were real because they told me) sending rocks down the couloir towards us.
This climb is an absolute joy! After a long approach, the couloir itself is wonderful. With mostly 3rd class scrambling, and a few class 4 moves, it's a blast.
The best part of my day was the birthday party on the summit. Jerry (Iceaxeman) turned 50 on our summit day. Eric (hendere) burned a match in a Clif Bar for a cake and gave him an old 'biner for a gift. We all sang "Happy Birthday" and enjoyed the summit with perfect weather and no wind. Thanks to Eric and Jerry for making this one of the highlights of my trip.
The first time I camped on the snow, the first time I used an ice axe, my first Teton summit, my first yearning for the Exum Ridge once I saw it from the summit of the Middle Teton.
What a great route. Simulclimbed this route with my wife and found it to be much better than the Upper Exum on the Grand. More sustained for the 5.4 grade, longer and best of all not a single person on the route or summit. One of the Exum guides I met along the trail said this route sees almost no traffic and he was right. There were no traces of other climbers having passed which means lots of route finding and although the rock was lichened it was still beautiful solid Teton granite.
Climbed solo to the summit in about 5.5 hrs from Lupine Meadows Trailhead and then went to the summit of South Teton as well before heading back down. The route was really fun with nice scrambling in the upper sections. It isn't even that exposed, since the route stays in a very deep gully most of the way. Routefinding was quite straightforward since there was a clear path from so many other climbers. Quite a long approach over lots of talus but well worth the effort.
A beautiful mountain with great position in a wonderful range. It's too bad the climbing isn't all like the upper portion of the couloir (steeper and more solid). We kicked steps up the snow in the couloir to 11,800ft before exiting on rock but took the "trail" down avoiding the snow. Nice day. Four-and-a-half hours round-trip from South Garnet Camp Zone with daypacks.