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Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming

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.

The Teton Rock Gym in Driggs, Idaho has the areas only indoor climbing. (Enclosure is defunct)

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. Book Reservations

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Tetons from the air (17,000 feet) during a mid-winter sunrise.
[Hide Photo] Tetons from the air (17,000 feet) during a mid-winter sunrise.
Snake River and Grand Tetons, winter.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Snake River and Grand Tetons, winter. Photo by Blitzo.
Bull bison on the plain below the Tetons.
[Hide Photo] Bull bison on the plain below the Tetons.
How to really enjoy the Tetons...
[Hide Photo] How to really enjoy the Tetons...
The Grand Teton and the milky way photographed from the CMC camp on Mount Moran. <br>
http://www.ancientskys.com/
[Hide Photo] The Grand Teton and the milky way photographed from the CMC camp on Mount Moran. http://www.ancientskys.com/
Cathedral Group
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Sunset on the Tetons, GTNP, WY.
[Hide Photo] Sunset on the Tetons, GTNP, WY.
Tetons in the mist
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Teton moonrise.
[Hide Photo] Teton moonrise.
Grand Teton, storm.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Grand Teton, storm. Photo by Blitzo.
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.
[Hide Photo] 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…
The rappel out of the north entrance of GTNP can actually be safely done with just one 8-meter rope.
[Hide Photo] The rappel out of the north entrance of GTNP can actually be safely done with just one 8-meter rope.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

[Hide Comment] 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. Mar 8, 2006
[Hide Comment] 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 Jul 7, 2007
Sauce Purvis
Golden, CO.
[Hide Comment] 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. Sep 6, 2009
Robert Hyman
Washington, DC
[Hide Comment] 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 tofriendsofgtcr.net
hope to see you this summer! Robert the Explorer Mar 30, 2011
[Hide Comment] 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 Jul 29, 2011
[Hide Comment] Anyone interested in climbing the Grand Teton? I have equipment and am flexible.

Contact me at adamstanenbaum@gmail.com

Adam Tanenbaum Aug 27, 2011
Toby
Jackson, WY
[Hide Comment] 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. Apr 28, 2012
Jeff House
rapid city sd
[Hide Comment] 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. May 17, 2012
[Hide Comment] The 5th season of charging $35-45/night for a backcountry campsite is upon us. Stay in your RV for $22...? Exemptions for youths below 18 yrs old, discount for students, please. And whats up with Director's Order #41 ? Heli-loads of rock into surveyed wilderness? Oct 30, 2015
[Hide Comment] Two friends and I are planning on making a trip to the Tetons and are looking at possibilities for guides. We have no climbing experience but we're fit and fearless. If you have any information on where we could find a local guide or if you yourself could be a guide for us, contact me at lukebming@gmail.com. Thank you! Jan 31, 2017
Jason Todd
Cody, WY
[Hide Comment] Luke,
Here are the guides authorized to work in GTNP:
jhmg.com/
exumguides.com/ Jan 31, 2017
Jeff J.
Sioux Falls, SD
[Hide Comment] Suggestions on best guide books for western WY? May 31, 2018