Monday, June 15, 2015

Climbing the Middle Teton, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 6/13/2015

Grand Teton from the summit of The Middle Teton

Climbing the Middle Teton

This trip report won't seek to add much to the already prolific information about climbing the Middle Teton. It will provide some basic stats, photos, and a bit of my personal insight.

We began climbing around 6:00 A.M. the morning of June 13th from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead.  Temperatures averaged around 60-65 degrees. The skies were clear. The ascent time was about five hours and thirty minutes. We covered a total of 15.53 miles with a vertical gain of about 6,000 feet.

The conditions could not have been better. The snow pack was solid enough to prevent post holing yet soft enough to get a good footing. The southwest couloir was just a bit icy in places, perfect for crampons.

The Middle Teton provides a classic alpine climb well within the reach of many. It is challenging but not extreme. The mountain is extremely beautiful and the summit places you in the heart of the Tetons with a breathtaking view.

The hike to the summit takes you through grand memorable spaces that makes any effort well worth the work. I count myself lucky to live within a few hours of such a place.

Nez Perce comes in to view
The Middle Teton on right

Scott taking in the view
The Meadows...Base camp for ascents on the Grand Teton
Looking back down on The Meadows
Going right takes you to the saddle between the Grand and the Middle
Going left takes you to the saddle between the South and the Middle
Walking up the many steep slopes
The South Teton on right
Cloudveil Dome on left?

More steep slopes
Looking southwest
Almost on top
Jacob and Scott on the summit
The Grand from the summit 
Looking down Garnet Canyon from the top
Beginning the descent

Just a bit of exposure
Reaching the southwest couloir
The couloir gets steep
Just beautiful
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