The Classic Grand Teton Climb
$1,000 if we are unable to group you with other climbers
Multi-Pitch Level II
Snow School may be required for early summer climbs (prior to July 15)
After completing the prerequisite classes, you will meet your guide(s) on the first morning of the Grand Teton climb at Exum's office in Lupine Meadows. You'll check your gear, settle up with the office, and then drive to the Lupine Meadows trailhead. (Please be prepared with your own transportation as Exum guides are unable to transport clients in their personal vehicles.) Carrying only your personal food and clothing, you will spend the day hiking up Garnet Canyon to our private hut at the Lower Saddle (11,620 feet). Though the hike is long and at times strenuous, guides set a slow and steady pace so you may enjoy the exercise and the fabulous alpine scenery. Arrive at the hut in late afternoon.
You and your guide(s) will leave the hut before dawn for the Exum Ridge, the Owen-Spalding Route or the Enclosure. The Owen-Spalding is an easier route whose guidebook description reveals little about how thrilling it really is. There is as much exposure, if not more, on the first two pitches of the Owen-Spalding as on many routes of a much harder grade. The Owen-Spalding Route is the line of the peak's first ascent and holds many classic passages with sensational exposure like the Belly Roll, the Crawl and the Catwalk.
The Exum Ridge is reached via Wall Street, an exciting exposed ramp. The 13-pitch route then follows a pinnacled crest line up the Golden Staircase, Wind Tunnel, Double Cracks, Friction Pitch, Unsoeld's Layback, and onto the summit ridge. Some of the most high quality and aesthetic rock in the range forms the Exum Ridge, undeniably one of the most spectacular routes of its grade anywhere in the world.
Typically parties reach the summit by late morning. You then begin the descent, rappelling and downclimbing back to the Exum Hut for lunch and to collect gear.
After recharging you will begin the hike down Garnet Canyon, back to the Lupine Meadows trailhead. Most parties return to Exum's headquarters by early evening.The Enclosure, the Grand Teton's western summit, is a good alternate should bad weather, poor route conditions, or your personal well-being impede a summit attempt of the Grand Teton. Conditions in the mountains are unpredictable and the Enclosure serves as a great alternative.