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First time to the Tetons, looking for free camping and must do climbs.
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Aug 14, 2008
Heading up to Jackson and looking to spend about four days climbing there. Where can i find some good free camping. What routes do you recommend. I don't have a backcountry permit so the routes would have to be done in a day. Preferably moderate trad lines (10's).
Thanks for the help!
Sebastiaan Zuidweg
From Redlands, CA
Joined Jan 21, 2006
55 points
Aug 14, 2008
Death Canyon is good. The Snaz and Sunshine Daydream. Loads of 10ish climbs all doable in a day. Also up in Garnett yo have Irenes' Arete, Open Book and more. Those two places are where I would focus my efforts. You can camp anywhere in the National Forest lands. The park rangers and the new information center can help you out in finding some good spots in the National Forest. You will have to do a bit more driving. Kind of is a wash when you think about gas prices these days. Good Luck. Joe Mucci
From Bristol, NH
Joined Nov 17, 2006
5 points
Aug 14, 2008
I haven't been to the AAC Teton Climbers Ranch

in some 20 years. You might want to check them out. Nice library way back then as well. It's not free, but if you need a shower sometime during the trip ...

From Erie, CO
Joined Jun 20, 2007
0 points
Aug 14, 2008
There is free camping up at Shadow Mountain. You can find the road on the NPS handout map when you enter the Park. Luke Hanley
From Boulder, CO
Joined Nov 2, 2007
50 points
Aug 14, 2008
Here's a second vote for the Snaz. The climbers ranch seemed a little weird when I was there-people basically living there full time it seemed. Felt like I was barging into someones home. Camping seemed expensive at Jenny Lake but was well worth it. Going to the Tetons again is September, cannot wait. Great rock. Jaaron Mankins
From Bayfield, CO
Joined Nov 17, 2006
665 points
Aug 15, 2008
There are a fair number of folks who live there for the summer. Mostly guides as it is too expensive to get a place in town. I talked with the AAC about this as it seems to take space from true visitors. It is a catch 22 - put a limit of the number of nights one can stay frees up space but then overall revenue goes down cause the free spaces are not sold out every night like they would be with a seasonal guest.

Death Canyon - Snaz and Caveat Emptor are great routes.

Guides Wall can be fun as well as Baxter's Pinnacle

Might run the East Face of Tewinot.
Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Joined Jul 6, 2007
1,115 points
Aug 16, 2008
Allen Sanderson notes the problem of getting a bunk at the AAC Grand Teton Climbers Ranch: as of this year there's an on-line reservation system, very useful; they do save some bunks for walk-ins but in high season, late July to mid-late August, it's often full by mid-day to later afternoon, and occasionally from the night before. YOu can call ahead to learn if they're full: 307-733-7271.
Even at the non-members $16/night it may be a better deal than camping on forest service land and spending time and money driving in and out.
Alan Nagel
Joined Feb 14, 2008
0 points
Aug 18, 2008
Back in the late '70's, we used to spend months at a time holed up in The Tetons. We used to hitchhike and hop freights to get there and then camp in the woods of a terminal moraine called timbered island, out east of Jenny Lake on the other side of the highway.
It was, and still may be, free.

Has anyone else ever camped at Timbered Island?
Tom Hanson
Joined Jan 1, 2001
890 points
Mar 30, 2011
Climbers~ there is no better place to stay and meet other cool climbers than the Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch! They have hot showers, laundry facilities and sell ice. If that is not enough they will loan you a cooler and plastic storage tote for your food. Cabins have electricity and the great library warmed by a wood burning stove has WiFi.
bring your sleeping bag and thermarest along with your climbing gear and you are ready to go! If you are a member of the AAC rates are really cheap and if your not a member rates are still reasonable. Reserve you spot now for the 2010 summer on line at the AAC web site.
see you around the ranch!
Robert Hyman
Rock Climbing Photo: Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch.
Grand Teton Climbers' Ranch.
Robert Hyman
From Washington, DC
Joined Mar 30, 2011
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