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North Side Lowlight Tour (path of least resistance)

5.6 Easy Snow, Trad, Snow, Alpine, 1000 ft, 11 pitches, Grade IV,  Avg: 2.3 from 3 votes
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Wyoming > Grand Teton NP > Grand Teton

Description

Starting from the Grandstand, the North Side Lowlight Tour allows the climber to link weaknesses up the North Face and North Ridge until the he or she gains the Second Ledge and can traverse into the Owen Spalding at the base of the Double Chimney.

Pitch 1: From the top of the Grandstand, angle up and left toward a right leaning gully. (5.6)

Pitch 2: Climb up and right in (or on the side of) the gully to the terrace. (5.2)

Pitch 3: From the terrace traverse hard left and slightly down (as for Italian Cracks). Set belay in wide crack on good ledge (decent bivy for two) (5.4)

Pitch 4: Climb short, wide crack (5.6) to next ledge, and head hard left into obvious chimney instead of the Italian Cracks. Climb chimney, eventually exiting to the left and belaying at a good, albeit left-sloping stance. (5.5 full 70m)

Pitch 5: Several options are available to gain the Second Ledge, we went up the slab and around the corner to the right (5.6), although it looked like easier (but more chossy) options were available left or straight up.

Pitch 6: Climb the Second Ledge to the corner (4th/easy-5th).

Pitch 7: Traverse to obvious improved bivy site at next corner (Easy snow/3rd).

Pitch 8: Traverse down into and across the Great West Chimney (obvious gully) using fixed-handline (or possibly do a short and angling rappel if handline is absent). Belay at the base of Double Chimney on the Owen Spalding (5.6 A0 Easy Snow/3rd)

Pitches 9-11: Follow Owen Spalding to the top.

Location

North side of the Grand Teton - the approach to the Grandstand is well-documented in several other places on this site including:
North Face Highlight Tour
North Ridge

Protection

Standard Alpine Rack

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North Side Lowlight Tour<br>
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Original photo contributed by [[106096987]] and found [[here]]106513580.
[Hide Photo] North Side Lowlight Tour Original photo contributed by andy dorais and found N. Ridge from Mt. Owen on July 20, 2009 .
North Ridge of the Grand
[Hide Photo] North Ridge of the Grand

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James Schroeder
Fort Collins, CO
  5.6 Easy Snow
[Hide Comment] A friend and I used this variation on 8/11/15 and I thought it would be good to contribute to show folks that the Grand can be climbed from on the North side from the Grandstand at a grade lighter than some of the other routes listed. It was a good outing.

The grades I give were based on the conditions we encountered, which were fairly snowy and icy - your mileage may vary. Aug 21, 2015