Type: Trad, Alpine, 500 ft (152 m), 3 pitches, Grade II
FA: August 1948, Richard Pownall and Art Gilkey
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Shared By: Taylor Morgan on Aug 6, 2010 · Updates
Admins: Mike Snyder, Taylor Spiegelberg, Jake Dickerson

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The Pownall-Gilkey is a less-traveled and more challenging 3-pitch variation/alternative to the crowded Owen-Spalding.

Follow the standard Owen-Spalding approach to the Upper Saddle. Upon reaching the Upper Saddle, traverse right, to the south (Owen-Spalding is to the left).

Pitch 1 (5.8): Upon traversing right, the ledge system gradually steepens and narrows (after approximately 100'). At the end of the ledge system, follow a thin crack in the steep corner. Climb this crack to the top of the block, then on to a comfortable ledge.

Pitch 2 (5.6): Follow the obvious, easier crack to the wide bench extending across the southwest face of the Grand Teton.

Pitch 3 (3rd/4th): Traverse directly to rejoin the upper portion of the Owen-Spalding or the Exum Ridge.

Protection Suggest change

One set of cams up to 2", stoppers, one 60m rope.

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