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 Peak(s):  Grand Teton - 13,775 feet
 Post Date:  08/30/2012
 Date Climbed:   08/29/2012
 Posted By:  Headwall5

 Grand Teton via Owen Spalding   

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The Grand Teton was my first climb after completing my 14er goal. Me and my Dad planned to either go to Zion or the Tetons, and when we decided on the Tetons I knew I wanted to attempt the Grand. On 8/29/12 I started at 6:14AM at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead.
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After some long switchbacks through Lupine Meadows, I made it to Garnet Canyon.
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I lost the trail through some boulder fields in the canyon and ended up doing a scree scramble to get to a basin below the Grand and it's lower saddle.
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I crossed the basin while checking out the Grand and the glacier below the Middle Teton.
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After some hiking and a small fixed rope section I made it to the lower saddle.
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The lower saddle to upper saddle was class 3/4 for me, mostly due to poor route finding.
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Terrein to Upper Saddle.

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Terrein to Upper Saddle.

I made it to the upper saddle shortly after some guys had gone down the 40m rappel.
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I talked to them briefly about the rappel and headed towards the Belly Roll. The Belly Roll consists climbing on a detached slab, hand over hand. You can look down 2000 feet, it was intense without pro. After the Belly Roll is the crawl.
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The crawl isn't as bad as the Belly Roll because theres a ledge next to you to block you from the drop.
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The Drop.

After that I scrambled past a 5.6 chimney to a second one. I crawled through a rock passage and got to Owen's Chimney (5.5).
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I climbed up the chimney for a bit then traversed right onto the catwalk.
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The Catwalk's a large avenue that leads to Sargent's chimney.
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I climbed up Sargent's for a bit then used a hidden exit to get up to the Grand's upper ledges. I summited at 11:20AM and had the summit to myself for almost half an hour.
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You can see the TH parking lot in the lower left corner

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On top I met two parties of two of really awesome people, who had climbed everything from Denali and Rainer, to peaks in the Andes and Canadian Rockies.
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We all went back down to use my 70m and their 60m rope for the 40m rappel. Since ym rope was coiled in my bag though we just used their two 60m ropes for the rappel. I guess I didn't need to haul my 70m rope up there.
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After the rappel we chatted for a bit, then I headed back down.
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The Grand in a day is a big day.
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This has been my favorite mountain so far. Amazing day.
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  • Comments or Questions (9)
Monster5


Congrats!     2012-08-31 01:08:27
Free-soloin' a classic! You're going places, kid. And fast.


I Man


Very Cool     2012-08-31 08:17:38
Historic route and a great place to be. Well done.


crossfitter


Well Done     2012-08-31 08:37:41
A big week for you indeed, way to do it in style!


FireOnTheMountain


What Ryan Said     2012-08-31 13:22:08
Badass! Need to get up there sometime, just need to climb over this 5.11 overhung desk first.


Headwall5


Thanks!     2012-08-31 14:30:49
Thanks everyone, it was an awesome route!


milan


Simply Awesome!     2012-09-02 16:32:22
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milan


Simply Awesome!     2012-09-02 16:38:14
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milan


Simply Awesome!     2012-09-02 16:43:10
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Rufus3

Nice work!     2012-09-03 19:32:40
Great work - I'm still recovering from when I saw you in the Chicago basin. You've got great enthusiasm and a joy for climbing! All the best to you.



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