Love climbing in the Tetons! Gorgeous range!
My husband and I backpacked the TCT about a week before we got married. This was the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen! We started at Granite Canyon and came out on a connecting trail to Jenny Lake (can't remember the name of it). We intended to come out through Paintbrush but talked to a ranger along the trail who told us snow was in the forecast that night so we decided to head back a day early and hiked 7 miles back in the pouring rain and wind. We're glad we did because it did end up snowing that night and we definitely weren't prepared for snow in July!
Living in Jackson, Wyoming for a long time with a budding climbing habit made for innumerable good times, and longing for more. Been lucky enough to make it to over 70 summits in the range. The main ones sure, but I sought out the less traveled ones, especially in the northern end. Of the many standouts there are to name a few; Elk Mountain and Owl Peak, Fossil Peak, South Teton-west ridge, Ranger Peak area, and many others. In fact there are still mountains in the north where you can be in the first handful of climbers to sign the registers. Mount Robie I climbed for the second ascent party after the mighty Leigh Ortenburger. Got a first route ascent on Elk Mountain if they ever print a new edition of the guidebook. Come on Renny!
Stood at the bottom and said "holy crap!"
Backpacked around here a few times
I have lived near the teton range for the past few years, and have climbed many of the peaks in the range. I hope continue exploring the range for many years to come!
I am a southern boy born and raised in the states of Florida and Georgia. When I moved to Idaho to go to college in 2005 and saw the Rocky mountains for the first time I immediately knew that I would be a mountaineer. Besides my basic experience top-roping and rapelling in the Blue Ridge mountains of Georgia, I had never undertaken to climb any of the jagged peaked mountains that I had marveled at since my first glimpse of the Rockies in 2005.
Briefly stated, I was underprepared for this climb. I hiked up Garnet Canyon and arrived at the meadows around 3 PM and had dinner, then explored around and talked with some of the people who were coming down from the peaks to their campsites in the meadows.
I woke up around 4 A.M. and started up the trail to the saddle of the Grand and actually made it. When I caught up with a few guides on the saddle they told me that to make it all the way to the saddle in the dark, without a guide and for the first time ever was a pretty admirable feat.I kept going up the trail and ended up on my own again because most of the people going up were part of various guided groups, and they were going too slow. I ended up following a little stream of water that trickled from the upper saddle all the way down to the waterfall between the middle and the Grand. This is apparently not the prescribed route for the traditional Ownen-Spalding Route, but I didn't know or care. all I knew was I had to go up. So I eventually made it up the the corkscrew, I think it is called, and just made the moves un-roped after the guided groups got out of the way. I got to a point where I realized that what I was doing was way out of my league, but I couldn't turn back. I thought I was really up the creek without a paddle and I didn't know what to do, then a really nice Mountain Guide from Exum named Dave Bower let me use his harness and rappel down his line back to the upper saddle. Dave and his guys waited for me and I wnet back down the proper O-S route back to the bottom. I want to dedicate this, my first mountaineering trip to Dave Bowers for being such a good guy and helping me out.
I first climbed the Grand in 1973 and came back almost every summer through 1990. During those years we climbed the Grand, Moran, Storm Point, Baxter's, Symmetry Spire, Teewinot and attempted many others. On my first trip to the Grand the visible trail ended at the caves above Garnet Canyon. My how things have changed.
Ever since the numerous visits as a kid with the folks on the 'ol summer vacations, I've been attracted to this place. I come just about every year. I've scrambled, I've bouldered, and I've hiked but regret that back in the day when I was into rock I didn't do one of the legendary climbs. Like the Black Hills of SD, this place feels like the center of the universe to me.
Summer 2008 to Fall 2009
After a roadtrip from Texas to Alaska, I kept thinking of the Tetons as a highlight. Eventually I moved there, and my love affair with the mountains began. Even though mostly a hiker there, my climbing habit slowly arose. Mt. St. John did something to me!
many high points here
Every trip to Grand Teton is special, this place rocks, most beautiful range in lower states.
Spent a week in the Tetons in Aug and Sep. Climbed the Grand and Cube point. Loved it, planning on doing many more climbs in the range, as it is only ~250 miles from my home.
I lived at the entrance of the Grand Teton NP in 1996 and spent 3-4 days/week up in the backcountry - mountaineering, climbing, exploring and summiting the peaks.
Talk about heaven on earth! Really, you must go.
Lots of snow in summer 1983 perhaps not so different from 2011
Pownall-Gilkey Route, had to bail at Briggs slab. Fellow climber had breathing issues. managed to climb Red Sentinel and ????
I have been here twice so far, once in 1995, and the other in 2005. I did hiking and camping in the mountains. nothing serious, but still a fun time!
Paintbrush Peak at the tail end of the Teton Crest Trail
The view of Grand Teton from Inspiration Point was amazing! What an amazing trip.