|Grand Teton from the summit of 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|
|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|