A friend and I climbed this early enough in the year that the gully heading up to the peak was all snow. I actually fell into a moat up to my waist whilst walking the fall line. Hint: when ascending Symmetry Spire with snow present, climb through the cliffs well above the lowest line. Also for those wishing to take the great glissade down the gully; be aware that there is a small waterfall about halfway down!
Climbed the Southewest Ridge with 2 buddies back in early september of this year. I led every pitch and had a fantastic time. We used 2 ropes which took a little bit extra time. Because we started from the cars around 11 in the morning we did not start climbing till mid afternoon. We ended up reaching the summit just as the sun was setting, and had to scramble down the peak and the Symmetry Couloir in the dark. All in all it was an awesome climb and I would gladly do it again, just maybe starting earlier in the day.
Climbed the Southwest ridge. Approach was steep but beautiful and lots of water flowing. We ended up breaking up some of the pitches to reduce what would have been very bad rope drag. A few thin moves on the crux pitches protected by sketchy pitons. Otherwise good pro and good rock. Lots of fun!
The climb just gets better and better the higher you go, amazing views of course. Some of the pitons are broken off and the others aren't far behind... Didn't make the last boat, but hike around the lake isn't bad. Great Route!
A brutal approach, but a fun climb. The "nose" on P4 was kind of delicate. Trip report.
Also soloed the Durrance on 6/11/13. Trip report.
never did find the start as my first climb at the Tetons with Natalie. should have taken the boat across Jenny lake to buy more time.
Excellent climb 6 weeks after badly breaking both my arms. The steep cracks hurt my not quite healed limbs.
Awesome route! The third and fifth pitches were the best.
Scrambled this one fall day. Have always wanted to go back and do one of the classic routes that look so pretty from below.
Climbed the SW Ridge with Brian (dunsum).
Left Salt Lake at 3 am, ready for the all-day push. Caught the boat at Jenny Lake (second of the day) at 8:15. The approach gully was longer than I expected, but the climbing was good. By 10 pm we were back in Salt Lake, happy about ticking another of the Ortenburger "classics" off the list.
The SW ridge is a great climb. I love the east ridge from Hanging Canyon. A great summit to hang out on. I once saw a rock the size of a van roll down all of Symmetry Couloir, almost to Jenny Lake.
Super fun climb with my friend Tom. His first lead in the Teton's.
Left the Climber's Ranch at 7:30AM and returned around 3:30 AM. Epic. My partner totally panicked on the descent and, to put it mildly, our descent was slow.
Great route. Nice approach. Descent down the couloir is a bit nasty. I got off route by following some stuck pro and went up this slabby corner thing. I still don't know what that variation is rated but is quite harder that the "Nose" which is suppose to be the 5.7 crux.
Curt Olson and I did the Jensen Direct. Great climb. Not real hard but the pitches were some of the most sustained I've been on in the Tetons.
Typical Teton approach, long and steep, especially for us flatlanders. The route is good...some loose rock here and there but the upper pitches are steep and exposed for the grade. Wouldn't call it a "classic" but "very good." We started climbing at noon and missed the last boat across Jenny Lake...but saw a bear on the Jenny Lake trail!
Classic, but the climb up took WAY more time than it should, and so did the descent. Watched the last ferry cross Jenny Lake from the summit, nasty rocky walkoff, and subsequent walk around the lake on the horse trail... back at the car at midnight.
First climb in the Tetons. Great day. The route finding was similar to the Sandias, but the rock was much better.