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Grand Teton National Park 


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Description 

Grand Teton National Park offers the climber an array of climbing types, positions, settings and conditions. There's everything from two-pitch sunny crag adventures to mixed alpine endurance testpieces. A more detailed description of the climbing character can be found in the descriptions of each area.


Getting There 

Grand Teton National Park is located about 10 miles north of Jackson, WY. Directions to specific trailheads can be found in the individual areas.


Nearby Climbing 

When visiting the Tetons, you might want to check out some of the other local climbing. The nearby climbing generally has less of a commitment factor, and is good for "rest" days or in questionable weather. Check out the Jackson Hole section for information on other climbing in the area.

And if the weather goes south but you still want to climb, be sure to check out Jackson Hole's new full-service climbing gym - The Enclosure Indoor Climbing Center . Over 10,000 sqft of sweet climbing wall at the foot of the Tetons.


Resources 

Grand Teton National Park - official website of the park service

Climbing Conditions Blog run by the GTNP Climbing Rangers

Jackson Hole Mountain Weather - local weatherman's forecast for the Jackson Hole area and mountains. As accurate as you'll find for the Teton range.

Teton Web Cam - from the east

Another Teton Web Cam - from the west

Jackson Hole Avalanche Forecast - only updated in winter


Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch 

The Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch offers the most affordable and accessible lodging for climbers visiting Grand Teton National Park. Cabins are a short walk from the Lupine Meadows trail, providing easy access to climbing in the Tetons. Join the American Alpine Club and save $8/night. Open June-September.

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123 Total Routes


['4 Stars',25],['3 Stars',52],['2 Stars',31],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grand Teton National Park:
Ford - Stettner Couloir (Ski Descent)   WI2-3 Mod. Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, Grade II   Grand Teton
Owen Spalding   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 1560'   Grand Teton
CMC Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1000'   Mount Moran
Upper Exum Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 4000'   Grand Teton
Direct Petzoldt Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Grand Teton
Lower Exum Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   Grand Teton
Guide's Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Cascade Canyon
The Grand Traverse   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 12000'   Grand Teton
North Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1200'   Grand Teton
Irene's Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Disappointment Peak
Armed Robbery   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 1000'   Cloudveil Dome
Baxter's Pinnacle - South Ridge   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 400'   Cascade Canyon
Beyer East Face I   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1000'   Grand Teton
Open Book   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   Disappointment Peak
The Snaz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   Death Canyon : Cathedral Buttress
Gold Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 565'   Grand Teton
Caveat Emptor   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Death Canyon : Cathedral Buttress
Sunshine Daydream   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   Death Canyon : Cathedral Buttress
South Buttress Right, Mt. Moran   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 750'   Mount Moran
Blitzkrieg   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a PG13     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   Blacktail Butte : Upper Blacktail Butte
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Featured Route For Grand Teton National Park
The 5.9 handcrack variation on Guide's Wall. Can feel thin if your hands are large like mine! The awesome roof looms above.

Guide's Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  WY : Grand Teton National Park : Cascade Canyon
Guide's Wall is a classic Teton non-summit rock climb. Its moderate grade, quality climbing, easy approach and easy descent all combine to make it an extremely popular route. There are many variations, as well as many nearby short climbs, that allow for a wide range of difficulties.P1- 120', 5.7: Move to the left shoulder of the ridge. Climb easy rock to a short dihedral with pins. Continue above and end at rap anchors. P2- 60-70' (short), 5.5-5.7: Either continue up easy 5th-class rock straight...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

Local Information for Grand Teton National Park
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Snake River and Grand Tetons, winter. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Snake River and Grand Tetons, winter.
Photo by Bli...
Bull bison on the plain below the Tetons.
Bull bison on the plain below the Tetons.
How to really enjoy the Tetons...
How to really enjoy the Tetons...
Tetons in the mist
Tetons in the mist
Tetons from the air (17,000 feet) during a mid-winter sunrise.
Tetons from the air (17,000 feet) during a mid-win...
Sunset on the Tetons, GTNP, WY.
Sunset on the Tetons, GTNP, WY.
Teton moonrise.
Teton moonrise.
Cathedral Group
Cathedral Group
Grand Teton Range from Mormon Row.  Sep 2007.  Photo by Andy Knell
Grand Teton Range from Mormon Row. Sep 2007. Pho...
Tetons from the west in Jan.
Tetons from the west in Jan.
Middle Teton via Garnet Canyon
Middle Teton via Garnet Canyon
The lot of them
The lot of them
Teton cloudscape.
Teton cloudscape.
The rappel out of the north entrance of GTNP can actually be safely done with just one 8-meter rope.
The rappel out of the north entrance of GTNP can a...
Looking south from the Grand Teton summit. From right to left: Middle Teton, South Teton, Icecream Cone, Spalding Peak, Gilkey Tower, Cloudveil Dome, Nez Perce. The two big peaks in the background are Mt. Wister and Buck Mountain.
BETA PHOTO: Looking south from the Grand Teton summit. From ri...
Sunrise on the 3 Beauties. Time to Play
Sunrise on the 3 Beauties. Time to Play
Grand Teton and Owen from the northwest, in a very dry August. Virtually no snow at all in Valhalla, and nothing in the Black Ice. Scrufty.
Grand Teton and Owen from the northwest, in a very...
By moose junction...
By moose junction...
Tetons. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tetons.
Photo by Blitzo.
Teton! <br />
Teton!
Looking south from Teewinot
BETA PHOTO: Looking south from Teewinot
From Glacier View Turnout
From Glacier View Turnout
From Antelope Flats
From Antelope Flats
Spousal Unit looking into Idaho from the lower saddle on the Grand, July 2003
Spousal Unit looking into Idaho from the lower sad...
taken from the NatFor camping area
taken from the NatFor camping area
The moose I nearly ran into on the horse trail, Jenny Lake. GTNP, July 2008
The moose I nearly ran into on the horse trail, Je...
Jenny Lake Stream @ Sunset
Jenny Lake Stream @ Sunset
Morning Sun
Morning Sun
S. Cathedral Group
S. Cathedral Group
When in The Tetons, try Bitch Creek ESB. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
When in The Tetons, try Bitch Creek ESB.
Photo by ...
The Grand Cathedrals!
The Grand Cathedrals!
They are so grand.
They are so grand.
N. Cathedral Group
N. Cathedral Group
Mt Moran from Leigh Lake
Mt Moran from Leigh Lake
The Grand Teton facing North from the Lower Saddle
BETA PHOTO: The Grand Teton facing North from the Lower Saddle
Great Tets!
Great Tets!
Topo: Bean's Shining Wall of Storms; V 5.12- SW Face Grand Teton
Topo: Bean's Shining Wall of Storms; V 5...
Teton god-rays
Teton god-rays
Grand Teton.
Grand Teton.
Me in Jenny lake at sunset.
Me in Jenny lake at sunset.
MT. Moran and the Tetons
MT. Moran and the Tetons
Just a nice picture of Nez Perce (left) and the Middle Teton from the trail in Garnet Canyon.  July of 2005
Just a nice picture of Nez Perce (left) and the Mi...
Sky Pilot.
Sky Pilot.
Sunrise over Teewinot
Sunrise over Teewinot
Panorama from Jackson Lake
Panorama from Jackson Lake
Mid-October '09 view from Baxter's.
Mid-October '09 view from Baxter's.
Middle Teton from Garnet Canyon trail <br />photo: Christian Baird. <br />
BETA PHOTO: Middle Teton from Garnet Canyon trail
photo: Chris...
Star Trails of the Teton Range taken from Lunch Tree Hill - July 2012
Star Trails of the Teton Range taken from Lunch Tr...
Meadows campsite in Garnet Canyon.
Meadows campsite in Garnet Canyon.
Front of the Teton Range
Front of the Teton Range
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By Buff Johnson
Mar 8, 2006

This area has amazing rock quality, and is also a mix of great hiking. My best experiences here were planning on car-to-car outings without hauling all the overnight stuff. I seem to end up at Mountain High Pizza for some good grub after an outing. Staying at the AAC Climber's Ranch is a good way to get more info about conditions from others that have come back - we avoided two verglas epics by doing this.

Also, going to the ranger's station @ Jenny Lake is also good to talk with them.

By Forest
Jul 7, 2007

Baxter's Pinnacle :: On or about June 25, 2007, Sam Lightner and I replaced the rap anchor on Baxter's Pinnacle. The old anchor consisted of 2 pitons and a star bolt "equalized" with webbing. (In truth, all the force of the rappel was on 1 piton) We removed both pitons and all the webbing and replaced with 2 stainless bolts with chain. One a 3/8 and one a 1/2, both drilled by hand. Should be noted that one of the pitons, the one bearing the rap force, pulled out by hand and the other came out without a fight. We left the star bolt as a bit of historical artifact. Special thanks to ASCA for donating the hardware. Enjoy.

Forest Dramis

By Spencer Purvis
From: Golden, CO.
Sep 6, 2009

I thought I should take this chance to plug the accommodations at the American Alpine Club Climber's Ranch. I spent six nights this past August at the Ranch and had a blast hanging out with a variety of diverse and friendly climbers. It is an affordable option with all the resources a Teton climber could need, including a fine library, wi-fi weather updates, great showers and a true climber's kitchen. It was a great place to visit with climbers as they filed in after their various climbs. You can always find someone willing to help with tricky approaches or beta for the climb and descent routes. The only drawback is that the cabins can be somewhat noisy with climbers on different schedules. Still, I would encourage any climber to take advantage of this resource and support the ranch.

By Robert Hyman
From: Washington, DC
Mar 30, 2011

Hi everyone, I have been to the Tetons every summer for the past 22 years to climb. If you are looking for a great place to stay from June until September the Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch is the place to go. Run by The American Alpine Club as a place for climbers to meet and discuss climbing all located in the shadow of the Grand Teton. for more info go to www.friendsofgtcr.net
hope to see you this summer! Robert the Explorer

By Keith Henderson
Jul 29, 2011

I am living in Cheyenne and planning a trip to the Tetons in mid Augest and looking to climb Grand Teton while I am there. Is there anyone that would be interest in partnering for a climb.keith_henderson@bresnan.net

By Adam Tanenbaum
Aug 27, 2011

Anyone interested in climbing the Grand Teton? I have equipment and am flexible.

Contact me at adamstanenbaum@gmail.com

Adam Tanenbaum

By Toby
From: Jackson, WY
Apr 28, 2012

There is a new guidebook that just went to press from Aaron Gams. It looks awesome and has 80 something routes, 14 of them new routes. Should be out mid May.

By Jeff House
From: rapid city sd
May 17, 2012

Toby any word on the new book. Just moved to the area (yellow stone) looking to pick up most recent/ helpful guide.
Thank You
Jeff.