Tips for climbing the Tetons in July

May 5, 2004
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Tips for climbing the Tetons in July

Tips for climbing the Tetons in July
Question: I am interested in climbing the Tetons in early July. Could you please provide information on guide services and specific climbs worthy of consideration in the area?

G.P. Stamatopoulos
Dorr, MI
[email protected]

An early-season visit to the Tetons means fewer crowds
Adventure Adviser: You picked the prime time to climb in the Tetons, according to Andy Carson of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. First, you'll miss all the crowds who tend to swarm in August, and second, the rock is in pretty good shape that time of year. (Just don't plan to climb any north-facing slopes.) With about 45 to 50 different routes on the Grand Teton alone, you'll be plenty busy, but plan for snow even on the south- and west-facing slopes — an ice ax and crampons are a must.

Depending on your ability, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (800-239-7642) has two modus operandis. For beginner climbers, there's a four-day program with two days of instruction followed by a two-day climb. For experienced rock-mongers, reasonably competent in multi-pitch climbing, there's a two-day trip with an overnight at JHMG's base in Garnet Canyon, and climbing literally out the door of the hut. With a maximum 4:1 client/guide ratio, you'll be sure to get solid tips on how to nail that last 200-foot wall keeping you from the summit.

Another guide service to check out is Exum Mountain Guides, based on Jenny Lake right in Grand Teton National Park. Call 307-733-2297.

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