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Grand Teton National Park Rock Climbing 


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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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Weather station 6.9 miles from here

146 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',28],['3 Stars',64],['2 Stars',41],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',30],['5.7',13],['5.8',13],['5.9',16],['5.10',19],['5.11',23],['5.12',9],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',9],['V4-5',6],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Grand Teton National Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 1560'   Grand Teton
Upper Exum Ridge   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1700'   Grand Teton
CMC Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1000'   Mount Moran
Black Ice Couloir   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b AI3-4     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1600'   Grand Teton
Lower Exum Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   Grand Teton
Direct Petzoldt Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Grand Teton
Serendipity Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C1     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   Mt Owen
Guide's Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Cascade Canyon
The Grand Traverse   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 12000'   Grand Teton
Irene's Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Disappointment Peak
North Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1200'   Grand Teton
Beyer East Face I   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1000'   Grand Teton
Open Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   Disappointment Peak
Dihedral of Horrors   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   Death Canyon : Omega Buttress
Direct South Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1     Aid, Alpine, 11 pitches, 1500'   Mount Moran
The Snaz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   Death Canyon : Cathedral Buttress
Gold Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 565'   Grand Teton
Caveat Emptor   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Death Canyon : Cathedral Buttress
South Buttress Right, Mt. Moran   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 750'   Mount Moran
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Rock Climbing Photo: Morning sun on the Grand Teton's north side.  This...

North Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton
A truly inspiring climb with classic appeal - the North Ridge is an adventurous route up the striking high angle corner that makes up the right hand skyline of the Grand when seen from Jackson Hole. At the time of its first ascent in 1931, Underhill and Fryxell's route was one of the most technically demanding in the country at 5.7 A0. The Chockstone Chimney (originally aided) went free on the second ascent of the route in 1936, which was made by Fritz Weissner (at 5.8). The North Ridge of th...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tetons from the air (17,000 feet) during a mid-win...
Tetons from the air (17,000 feet) during a mid-win...
Rock Climbing Photo: Snake River and Grand Tetons, winter. Photo by Bli...
Snake River and Grand Tetons, winter. Photo by Bli...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tetons in the mist
Tetons in the mist
Rock Climbing Photo: The Grand Teton and the milky way photographed fro...
The Grand Teton and the milky way photographed fro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bull bison on the plain below the Tetons.
Bull bison on the plain below the Tetons.
Rock Climbing Photo: How to really enjoy the Tetons...
How to really enjoy the Tetons...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset on the Tetons, GTNP, WY.
Sunset on the Tetons, GTNP, WY.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Group
Cathedral Group
Rock Climbing Photo: Teton moonrise.
Teton moonrise.
Rock Climbing Photo: Grand Teton Range from Mormon Row.  Sep 2007.  Pho...
Grand Teton Range from Mormon Row. Sep 2007. Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tetons from the west in Jan.
Tetons from the west in Jan.
Rock Climbing Photo: The rappel out of the north entrance of GTNP can a...
The rappel out of the north entrance of GTNP can a...
Rock Climbing Photo: The lot of them
The lot of them
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south from the Grand Teton summit. From ri...
BETA PHOTO: Looking south from the Grand Teton summit. From ri...
Rock Climbing Photo: Middle Teton via Garnet Canyon
Middle Teton via Garnet Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Teton cloudscape.
Teton cloudscape.
Rock Climbing Photo: Grand Teton and Owen from the northwest, in a very...
Grand Teton and Owen from the northwest, in a very...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south from Teewinot
BETA PHOTO: Looking south from Teewinot
Rock Climbing Photo: By moose junction...
By moose junction...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise on the 3 Beauties. Time to Play
Sunrise on the 3 Beauties. Time to Play
Rock Climbing Photo: From Glacier View Turnout
From Glacier View Turnout
Rock Climbing Photo: Tetons. Photo by Blitzo.
Tetons. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Spousal Unit looking into Idaho from the lower sad...
Spousal Unit looking into Idaho from the lower sad...
Rock Climbing Photo: Panorama from Jackson Lake
Panorama from Jackson Lake

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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 Sauce
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 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.
By Gee Double
Oct 30, 2015
The 2nd season of charging $25-35/night for backcountry campsite is in the books.

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