Grand Teton – Upper Exum Ridge route.
Karl, Deb, Chris and Marty…first climb of two, on this Wyoming / Montana trip. Unfortunately we were only able to secure camping permits for sites very low on the route…although made it nice for packing in the overnight stuff. We arrived at camp early enough to do a little exploring, and to talk to several groups descending from to mountain. Mixed beta…some bailed because of ice and snow, and others had no issues. The mountain hasn’t been climbed for about 6-days because of a recent storm that dumped snow and ice…. We were still optimistic though, because of the hot weather in the forecast for the next few days.
Next morning we left camp at about 3:30am with the first obstacle having to cross the Garnet Stream…in the dark. By the time daylight hit we were up on the lower saddle, 6:00am. After climbing the saddle, we were finally on the route…we thought. Reading the beta, and navigating the gullies was a challenge, but we were able to figure it out, and eventually we got to the Wall Street pitch, which leads to the Upper Exum Ridge. Fun climbing for the next 10-hours…..! Hit the summit at about 4:00pm
Now to find the descent route…several raps, wild hail storm, and some steep downhill scrambling we were back at the lower saddle 7:30pm, and back at camp by 10:20pm.
After a great night’s sleep, we left camp at 9:15am the next morning, and was back at the car by 11:00am
A fantastic climb, with great people…! Now on to the next adventure…Granite Peak – Montana
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