Grand Teton

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Grand Teton is the highest of the Tetons. It is a rocky massif, which in its higher elevations is composed of granite. This is one of the finest climbs in North America, and many creative routes have been used to ascend to the main summit, and to several subsidiary peaks.

Elevation (feet): 13,770
Elevation (meters): 4,197
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Teton Range - Yellowstone Area
State: Wyoming
Latitude: 43.7411
Longitude: -110.802
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1898
First successful climber(s): Reverend W. Owen, F. Spaulding, J. Shive, F. Peterson
Nearest major airport: Jackson, Wyoming
Convenient Center: Jackson, Wyoming

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 102 trip reports for Grand Teton.

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  • Log #22197 - by David Rankin on July 22, 2011
    Incredible climb with stunning views of the entire region. Exum Mountain Guides was top notch. I highly recommend this climb to anyone with a desire for some technical climbing.
  • Log #22192 - by easselin on June 29, 2011
    Started from the Lupine Trail. Took the Exum Ridge from the Lower Saddle to the peak and the Owen Spaulding Route down.
  • Log #2467 - by Chandler P. Worley, Jr. on Nov 05, 2004
    For some 48 years I often thought of trying to climb to the summit, to gaze down on Jackson Hole, to view the magnificent Teton Mountain Range from the vantage point of the summit of its highest...
  • Log #2469 - by Randy Robinson on Sep 20, 2004
    My climbing partner (who is also my oldest son) and I attempted the Grant Teton in late June of this year, but were turned back at the Needle by late season snow and ice...lots of it. We scheduled...
  • Log #2470 - by John R. Holmen on Aug 27, 2004
    I had the pleasure of climbing this with my wife Barbara. It was rather emotional for me when we made it to the top as my uncle Fritioff had climbed these mountains in 1929-30's, with first ascents...
  • Log #2471 - by Ted Z. Arndt on Aug 04, 2004
    Other than having summitted Mt. Katahdin (Maine) with my family somtime in the early '80s when I was just a young kid, this was first real climb. I did the Grand on July 27-28, 2004 with my...
  • Log #2472 - by Jim Butterworth on July 31, 2004
    My sincere thanks go out to my two Exum Guides. The first is Jim Nigro for his excellent technical instruction. Jim provided loads of learning fun prior to my ascent day. He checked my knots and...
  • Log #2473 - by Nick Fullmer on May 04, 2004
    Bad weather kept us rat holed for 2 days until the weather cleared up. There were small windows when we could have pushed for the top, but used the time to get familiar with the route (Upper Exum)....
  • Log #2474 - by Ed Seidensticker on Mar 08, 2004
    Went up the Grand in 1 day. That turned out to be very tough! We did a "free climb" up the Owen Spaulding route. This was my first big mountain, and I was privaleged to have Brent Ashcraft...
  • Log #2475 - by Jay Harrison on Mar 06, 2004
    My third trip out west, with yet another partner. We left the parking lot before 7 a.m., made the long trek to the Col Camp, ate dinner, explored a bit around the col, then hit the sack. We awoke to...
  • Log #2476 - by Luke Spangler on Dec 18, 2003
    This was my first real mountaineering experience and first summit at age 13. Also did some amazing climbs with guide Doug Workman of JHMG. Am returning this summer to repeat the experience and to...
  • Log #2477 - by Ken Spangler on Dec 18, 2003
    Climbed with Doug Workman of JHMG for an absolutely awesome experience which has ignited a fire for climbing walls and peaks. Summit was great but base camp was AWESOME!!! Camping and climbing in the...
  • Log #2478 - by Lee Welton on Dec 17, 2003
    The Owen Spalding Route was an incredible climb with amazing exposure. Not a real technical route, and the rappels down made the summit day even more incredible.
  • Log #2479 - by John Antretter on Dec 15, 2003
    My partner and I were climbed the Exum Ridge. We were just a few minutes ahead of the group that was hit by lightning. It make you think...a lot
  • Log #2480 - by Jacob Chmielowiec on Oct 25, 2003
    I climbed the Owen Spalding car to car. Great climb but dont miss out on the other peaks in the Tetons. The CMC route on Mt. Moran is one of the best climbs ever.
  • Log #2481 - by Todd Snell on Sep 08, 2003
    Incredible day. We had great weather and were able to summit via the Upper Exum Ridge. Thanks to Doug Workman and Greg Collins from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides - they made the trip rewarding for our...
  • Log #2482 - by Jesse on Sep 04, 2003
    Awesome climb, great views and exposure, routefinding pretty straightforward. Next time I'll try it in a day!
  • Log #2483 - by alana on Aug 28, 2003
    My overall impression is that The Grand is worthy of it's label. It is demanding and tricky. I found myself "leg weary" several times and the trek from the summit to the car was long and...
  • Log #2484 - by George Peterson on Aug 26, 2003
    I, at 67 years of age, joined my son, Paul (see Canyoneering.com), and his two friends Ben and Matt and went up the hill. First night at Surprise Lake (joined by some friendly black bears), then down...
  • Log #2485 - by Erik Burke on Aug 18, 2003
    What a trip! For someone that is moderately afraid of hights, it was an incredible journey. Exum Guides were incredible. The exposed pitches were far more intense than I envisioned but with our good...
  • Log #2486 - by Mark Chaplin on Aug 14, 2003
    Climbed the Direct Exum both times. The first time, we camped at the saddle. The second time was a single day affair from the car. Fun climb with pretty straightforward routefinding on excellent rock.
  • Log #2487 - by Ben Manne on Aug 09, 2003
    Great climb. I took the Owen Spalding Route. Deffinately need to start early(around 3 ocklock in the morning) to avoid the crowds. DO NOT DO EXUM ROUTE!!! way too crowded.
  • Log #2488 - by Nyle K Walton on Aug 01, 2003
    At age 17, I borrowed $40 from my father and together with Ronald Davis hired a guide at the Petsolt-Exum guiding establishment and climbed the first real mountain in our lives. We followed the...
  • Log #2489 - by George E. Naxera on July 29, 2003
    This was my first rock climbing experience other than training. The Pownall-Gilkey route is challenging for a beginner, but manageable. It branches off from the Owens-Spaulding route and is an...
  • Log #2490 - by Matt Loscalzo on June 20, 2003
    Peaks been screaming at me for five years now, and I got her this year on my 27th birthday. Originally planned for the Upper Exum route, but summited via the tamer Owen-Spalding Route instead. Still...
  • Log #2491 - by Chris Struck on June 04, 2003
    Summited via Owen-Spalding route at age 16. Watched sunrise at and around upper saddle. Definitely one of the best alpine mountaineering opportunities in the lower 48. Exum Guides kick @$$.
  • Log #2492 - by Laird Broughton on Apr 14, 2003
    The Owen Spalding route is great! A tad icier and colder than Exum but just as fun. Camping on the buttress the night before gives you a view that few people get to experience. Leave early for the...
  • Log #2493 - by Gary Huck on Mar 29, 2003
    Owen spaulding route due to weak climber in our group request Exum ridge for exposure!
  • Log #2494 - by Ryan Taylor on Mar 23, 2003
    I learned to place trad gear on the Grand! not smart but it worked. One day is not too bad if you are in good shape. it took us 16 ½ hours of straight hiking,but we made it alive.
  • Log #2495 - by David Burggraf on Mar 22, 2003
    I summited with my uncle Jason Roue, and the famous Jim Williams via Exum Ridge. Awesome climb. Great view of the tetons.
  • Log #2496 - by Bill Wood on Jan 21, 2003
    Summited with friends Brian and Pete via Owen-Spaulding route. Great views, great weather.
  • Log #2497 - by Alex Hansen on Jan 15, 2003
    GREAT CLIMB. NOT VERY CHALLENGING BUT GREAT VIEW! START EARLY TO AVOID BOTTLENECKS AT THE UPPER SADDLE.
  • Log #2498 - by Ted Jenal on Nov 05, 2002
    Went with Exum Guides, the only way to go. The most exhilirating experience of my life. Great place to keep going back to - many peaks to try.
  • Log #2499 - by Chandra Evans on Sep 26, 2002
    Awesome, spectacular and one-of-a-kind life experience, are all great descriptions of how I felt about climbing the Grand Teton. Climbing the Grand was on my list of things to do before turning 40. I...
  • Log #2500 - by David J. Zimmerman on Sep 09, 2002
    I summited the Grand Teton with my oldest and dearest friend Dennis Mulherin (You can read his log entry at this website). Dennis and I tried to come up with a metaphor for how best to describe...
  • Log #2501 - by Dennis Mulherin on Sep 07, 2002
    I climbed the Grand with my close friend, Dave Zimmerman and the assistance of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. I highly recommend the four day climb option. Staying four days permits adequate...
  • Log #2503 - by gary lemme on Aug 31, 2002
    did the 4 day climb with jackson hole mountain guides. our guide bean was great as was our stay at corbet high camp. being from florida i was attracted to the idea of getting to spend 4 days camping...
  • Log #2504 - by Jason Heck on Aug 19, 2002
    That a rush, summited the Grand via the Exum route. Wonderful day and an incredible view. Thank God for mountains!
  • Log #2505 - by Mike on July 29, 2002
    The three of us, John D., Hiroshi K., and myself had a most enjoyable climb. A bit of a slog ( 7 hrs.
  • Log #2506 - by TurdL on July 22, 2002
    30 years ago, my parents spent the summer working at Teton village. They packed their two year old along on quite a few hikes that summer and although I don't have any vivid memories of the it, the...
  • Log #2507 - by you know me to well on July 16, 2002
    This I will agree that the grand is the greatest peak in the lower 48 and anyone with the drive and skills can do it but to prostitute the mountain and yourself and pay a guide to take your dilly...
  • Log #2571 - by David Rontal on June 21, 2002
    It could have been the greatest view in the world. Old Faithful to north, Idaho to the east, Gros Ventre and the Wind Rivers to the west. Just a memorable experience.
  • Log #2570 - by Steve Weliver on June 20, 2002
    Planned on doing the Upper Exum but some in the party were so awestruck at the enormity of the mountain that we went with the OS instead. Being there for the centennial was cool. Friendly people,...
  • Log #2569 - by Don Gregory & climbing buddies on June 19, 2002
    Beautiful views from the spirtual center of the universe both times.On the second; Fortunate enough to summit via the" Newcomb variation" on the Exum during a narrow weather window . One...
  • Log #2568 - by Jud Scheaf on June 18, 2002
    Thank you Rod, and the good folks at Exum. (Where was Russi?)
  • Log #2566 - by Jerry Dean Greer on June 17, 2002
    I climbed with Tom Morris from Richmond Virginia and our guide Kim Schmitz from Jackson. From the camp at the saddle between Middle Teton and the Grand, we followed the Exum route up. We left camp at...
  • Log #2565 - by Fred Spicker on June 16, 2002
    Exum Ridge: Summer of 1965 at age 16 with Exum Guides Peter Lev & Rod Newcomb. My fifth summit and first "technical summit". MANY mountains since then. Back in the summer of 1970 with...
  • Log #2564 - by John Rosenberg on June 15, 2002
    American Trails West Westerner Trip, roughing it in tents 10 guys,30 girls!
  • Log #2563 - by Chris Stout on June 14, 2002
    I have been to the Himalaya, the Andes, the canadian rockies and the cascades but the Grand Teton is my all time favorite mountain, it is a pure fun climb that has a true alpine feeling. I would...
  • Log #2562 - by Eric Townsend on June 13, 2002
    After three attempts over three years, my brother Kevin and I finally reached the summit via the Direct Exum. It had long been my goal to stand atop the Grand, and, now that I've finally accomplished...
  • Log #2561 - by Brian W. McCandless on June 12, 2002
    I first saw the climb on the Trailside video and thought it looked like alot of fun. It sure was. I took the required classes with Exum Mountain Guides and summitted with Rodrigo Mujica who was an...
  • Log #2559 - by Josh Swartz on June 11, 2002
    The Direct Exum route is one of the best easy alpine rock climbs around, but beware of the crowds.
  • Log #2558 - by Dan Ward on June 10, 2002
    Got to the top after twenty five years of looking up at it from the bottom. The shadow the Grand casts on the Idaho side in the morning is incredible! The best place to camp is on the lower saddle...
  • Log #2557 - by David D Ward on June 09, 2002
    I have spent my whole life looking at the Grand both from the Idaho and Wyoming sides. Two of my younger brothers (Mike and Dan) and I Climbed the Grand together. I was one of the great experiences...
  • Log #2556 - by gary poulsen on June 08, 2002
    i was invited by a friend, and started at 7:30am from parking lot, we entered an area called the morain at 10:03am, which was quite a hike,which is just below the lower saddle, rested at the lower...
  • Log #2555 - by Colin Wharff on June 07, 2002
    Its one of the great clasic climbs.. Not to hard for beginers and what a view!!!!
  • Log #2554 - by Bill Sullivan on June 06, 2002
    After being stormed off the Grand last year, I enjoyed a fantastic summit day with guide Dave Ryan of Exum. He was great. I highly recommend him. Failing to summit last year made this year even...
  • Log #2553 - by david w floyd on June 05, 2002
    Perfect weather, excellent rock. Lots of ice below the upper saddle. Saw a spectacular sunrise on the Owen-Spaulding route. What a view to the valley floor 7000' below! Highly recommend EXUM guiding...
  • Log #2552 - by Frank Kolarek Jr on June 04, 2002
    Being from an almost sea-level altitude, me and my climbing partner, Larry, made a two day ascent up to the lower saddle, camping the first night at the Meadows. We were in no rush and felt any extra...
  • Log #2551 - by Craig Blankenship on June 03, 2002
    Yeah, I climbed the Grand,its a hike! Seriously, gruntfest 99 was made possible by Exum Guides, Rod Newcomb, Matthew Goewert and Hans Johnstone. Rod and Matthew taught basic and intermediate while...
  • Log #2550 - by Ed on June 02, 2002
    The weather didn't look great as we made the long hike from the trailhead to the Lower Saddle with our Exum Guide. Nobody was able to summit that morning, and a cold rain pelted us as we hiked...
  • Log #2549 - by Thomas S. Burton on June 01, 2002
    Summited with James S. Burton via upper Exum Ridge. Quality granite, beautiful views, and awesome exposure.
  • Log #2548 - by Daniel Nifong on May 31, 2002
    We stepped on the summit at 7:30AM. Seven months of stairmaster (with weighted pack), boulder-hopping, and seven mile hikes paid off. The weather was perfect and the attitudes matched. A great deal...
  • Log #2547 - by Bill Lewis on May 30, 2002
    Took the Exum route both times. Tried to climb Aug. and SEP. last year but weather forced us off. So far I have attempted 4 time and made it twice, 50%.
  • Log #2546 - by mickey dye on May 29, 2002
    First off, I didn't summit, but instead learned a very important lesson. While climbing the short chimney immediately after the Crawl on the O-S route, I was hit on the head by a 40+ lb. rock...
  • Log #2545 - by Andy Rowe on May 28, 2002
    Get a very very good description of the approach to the upper exum route. Don't!!! be on top at 7 p.m. and make sure you know exactly where the rappels are. Once off the peak also make sure you know...
  • Log #2544 - by Tim McDowell on May 27, 2002
    The upper Exum route was nice climbing, especially with our route variation. A beautiful, clear day was appropriate for our 7:00 pm summit time.
  • Log #2543 - by Joshua Hood on May 26, 2002
    We were planning to climb the direct Exum but we found it too cold to put on our rock shoes or take off our gloves at 7am and so we started up the Owen-Spaulding route, warned of ice and snow...
  • Log #2542 - by Luke Lanphar on May 25, 2002
    We summited arround 11:15am on Sunday, Sept 12th. After an awesom climb up the O-S route, we "two of my best friends- Josh and Shasta Hood" enjoyed the peaceful summit for more than an...
  • Log #2541 - by Elizabeth Bielefeld on May 24, 2002
    Well, let me see. I advise a little reseach be done before embarking on this adventure, IF you don't have a guide. We ended up almost summiting twice in one day; once up Owen Spalding (by accident)...
  • Log #2540 - by Nicole Stiffle on May 23, 2002
    I climbed the Grand with my Adventures Cross-Country group and it was awesome. Our Exum guides were really great.
  • Log #2539 - by Joseph P. Soltis on May 22, 2002
    In celebration of our 40th birthdays, my long time rockclimbing partner and best friend Steve met in Jackson on the weekend between our respective birthdays. With the expert help of Jackson Hole...
  • Log #2538 - by Brent Harder on May 21, 2002
    We summited via the Upper Exxum route. Very fun route.
  • Log #2537 - by James Adamson on May 20, 2002
    Didn't make it all the way, but that is what we train for---cold conditions. We werent planning to make it all the way, we just sped up the Owen Spalding route and made it to the upper saddle. We...
  • Log #2536 - by Juston on May 19, 2002
    Soloed the middle the day before. Snow in July. Did exum direct and had a blast. Don't be afraid of the exposure, it's easier than it looks.
  • Log #2535 - by Jim Clash on May 18, 2002
    Via the Exum route--A most exhilirating experience, so much so that I climbed it again in 1993.
  • Log #2534 - by Gregory Frux on May 17, 2002
    Climbed with Mark of Jackson Hole Mountain guides via the Upper Exum Route. Wonderful guide and company, really have route wired. Conditions were excellant, with good rock and sun on the upper part...
  • Log #2533 - by MARK ROGERS on May 16, 2002
    I tried to climb the Grand once before & was weathered off. I then decided I would try to solo it as I could go a lot lighter and faster. I spent one night at the Moraines with some lovely folks...
  • Log #2532 - by Bob Martin on May 15, 2002
    First tried while employed at Grant Village YNP aug 2 1995with Dave Roberts and Dustin Haines. Made 12000 and ran out of daylight. Camped in Meadows in 95. Altitude and loss of directions caused...
  • Log #2531 - by Dave Jordan on May 14, 2002
    Did Owen and Upper Exum. It is a lot of fun to climb when the wheather is good. I have attempted it about twice as many times as I have summitted. The wheather can be bad a lot of the time.
  • Log #2529 - by Andy on May 12, 2002
    It was awesome to stand at the summit and see miles of beautiful lands. I wondered when I was climbing if I could see my Gros Ventre campground and I could see well past it. A fun climb,too.
  • Log #2528 - by Michael Jake on May 11, 2002
    Started from Lupine Meadows Trailhead and hiked to the lower saddle on 7-23. Beautiful views from the saddle but the wind up there at night kept us from getting much sleep. Got up around 5am, had...
  • Log #2527 - by Ryan Sotak on May 10, 2002
    After you pass through the wind tunnel try to stay on the ridge that separtates shade and light. The friction pitch is the crux of the exum ridge. It's a fantastic alpine experience.
  • Log #2526 - by Mark Hyams on May 09, 2002
    We climbed the Owen-Spalding route instead of the upper Exum, because of a middle-of-the-night hailstorm that made us less than confident in the weather. Turned out that it was a great route,...
  • Log #2525 - by Ron Smith on May 08, 2002
    Got a late start from the Upper Saddle, due to thunderstorms both east and west of the Grand. Summited at 8:50am via the Owen-Spalding. The wind chill was bad on the climb up, however the summit was...
  • Log #2524 - by Cops on Top Memorial Law Enfo Team on May 07, 2002
    Via the Owen-Spalding Route. Keith Mcpheeters, John Gonzales, Stu Frink, Lane Mcpheeters and Jamus Mcpheeters climbed "The Grand" as part of the Cops on Top Memorial Team. A group of Law...
  • Log #2523 - by Shane Burrows on May 06, 2002
    I have place an indepth description of our climb and what was involoved at http://climbutah.homestead.com/teton.html the link is complete with pictures and enough information to get you started on...
  • Log #2522 - by M. Stanton on May 05, 2002
    Steve Nesland and I climbed the Grand on a pilgrimage to the Tetons. We did this in a (very) long day from the car, via the Upper Exum route. It was a wonderful climb, pushing us to our physical...
  • Log #2521 - by Kim D. Sorenson on May 04, 2002
    Frank Galey and I summited after a great day of climbing the Upper Exum at 1:00. We had the whole route to ourselves after getting a late start and not leaving Wall Street until almost 9:00 after our...
  • Log #2520 - by Peter Len on May 03, 2002
    Second Times A Charm Looking out over the Tetons from Jackson, Wyoming brings a sense of spirited adventure. Summer brings white water rafting, mountain biking, and wildlife watching while Winter...
  • Log #2519 - by Alan Arnette on May 02, 2002
    Nice climb. Se my web site for pictures and a detailed account of the trip.
  • Log #2518 - by Miles McCart on May 01, 2002
    For years I had carried, tucked away in my memory, visions from a program that I had seen about climbing the Grand Teton. The largest of the Teton Mountains (13,770 ft) located near Jackson Hole,...
  • Log #2517 - by Roger A. Brodniak on Apr 30, 2002
    Camped at Petzoldt's Caves the evening before summit day. Greeted to tremendous thunder and lightning storm during our departure time in the a.m., so we waited it out and took off at 5:30am. The...
  • Log #2516 - by Jeffery Bass on Apr 29, 2002
    I summitted the peak via Pownall-Gilkey with Marc Appling of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides on the last day of a 4-day climb. All of the guide services on the Grand are good, but this is the best...
  • Log #2515 - by John Ross on Apr 28, 2002
    This mountain inspired me as a kid to learn vertical rope skills. Now at 36 I finally fulfilled my childhood dream. My friends and I in the SERAC Mountaineering Club (Orem, Utah) climbed the Upper...
  • Log #2514 - by Rex Headd on Apr 27, 2002
    What an awesome experience. Thanks to Neil for getting us to the the top. He had attempted the Grand seven times before and was successful on 4 occasions. I couldn't justify paying a guide $300/$400...
  • Log #2513 - by Cindy & Bob Kurziak on Apr 26, 2002
    Climed the Exum ridge with Exum guide Bill Dyer. The climbing itself is not dificult, the route finding might be and the arobic conditioning needed to move fast is. Our son and daughter should have...
  • Log #2512 - by jim fisher on Apr 25, 2002
    lower exume ridge combined with upper exume ridge is a megga classic rock route (5.7)on one of the most awesome peaks in the lower 48.
  • Log #2511 - by Taylor Arave on Apr 24, 2002
    there is so much more to the mountain than you realize
  • Log #2510 - by James E Friend on Apr 23, 2002
    This was my first climbing experience. I am 47 years old and wish I had taken it up sooner. Only one thing on the climb disturbed me, the commericalization of climing! People by the dozens actually...
  • Log #2508 - by Jared and Esther Smith/Karen Daubert on Mar 03, 2002
    Great Climb! Middle Teton, South Teton in past years - and now the Grand. It was still and very warm. Climbed with one thin layer and it was dead calm on top! Great job by Exum.
  • Log #2509 - by Scott Gore on Jan 09, 2002
    I summitted the Grand with my brother, Todd, and four friends in honor of Todd's 40th. It was my first "big" mountain; previously I had only been up in the White Mountains in NH. I am 42,...