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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby TomPierce » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:17 am

Skier 25: I'd recommend you visit www.mountainproject.com. It's a free site geared toward technical climbers and has many relatively detailed, up to date entries on a lot of Teton routes, along with some pretty good photos. Just go to Wyoming>Grand Teton NP>Grand Teton and follow the links of interest. It's not designed to be completely comprehensive but you'll get good beta on fairly recent conditions, racks, etc. Good luck,
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Edit: mountainproject also has a forum where, if you join (free), you can post questions on your climb. You usually can get good data that way as well.
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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby jbchalk » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:25 am

I've climbed the Grand via the Owen-Spaulding Route and the Upper Exum - highly recommend both routes. If your climb the O-S route, throw in the Owen Chimney pitch instead of the class 3 slabs - its a fun 5.6 80' chimney with a few pitons and well protected chimney. I'll be climbin the Upper Exum again this August for my bachleor party!

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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby TomPierce » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:12 pm

skier25: Not to beat a dead horse on the CD thing, but I went to look at the descent info for your route and there are 5 or so photos from various perspectives, most from the climber's point of view, e.g. "Descent: From the summit." Seems like it'd be a pretty handy tool for making sure you were on route, etc. Shoot me a PM if you want to discuss or whatever.

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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby CG_old » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:22 pm

I went up Exum and down OS w/o seeing either route beforehand (this was pre-Internet days). Route finding down OS wasn't difficult... I doubt you'll have any issues.

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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby drodriguez » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:37 pm

Chris Gerber wrote:I went up Exum and down OS w/o seeing either route beforehand (this was pre-Internet days). Route finding down OS wasn't difficult... I doubt you'll have any issues.


This is helpful to know. I've been looking at all kinds of things, and still hoping that I'd recognize these routes when I saw them.

The OS - It's bolted now isn't it? How many pitches require a rap?
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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby skiwall » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:58 pm

That's REALLY helpful to know! Maybe we should try it this year. :)
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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby jbchalk » Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:02 pm

drodriguez wrote:
Chris Gerber wrote:I went up Exum and down OS w/o seeing either route beforehand (this was pre-Internet days). Route finding down OS wasn't difficult... I doubt you'll have any issues.


This is helpful to know. I've been looking at all kinds of things, and still hoping that I'd recognize these routes when I saw them.

The OS - It's bolted now isn't it? How many pitches require a rap?


By bolted, if you mean the rappel is bolted, then yes, but thats it. there are big eyebolts with webbing and what not at the main rap that the park service has put up. No bolts on the O-S route though. The rap can be done in one large 140' rap by tying two ropes together...thats the easiest way.

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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby drodriguez » Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:33 pm

jbchalk wrote:
drodriguez wrote:
Chris Gerber wrote:I went up Exum and down OS w/o seeing either route beforehand (this was pre-Internet days). Route finding down OS wasn't difficult... I doubt you'll have any issues.


This is helpful to know. I've been looking at all kinds of things, and still hoping that I'd recognize these routes when I saw them.

The OS - It's bolted now isn't it? How many pitches require a rap?


By bolted, if you mean the rappel is bolted, then yes, but thats it. there are big eyebolts with webbing and what not at the main rap that the park service has put up. No bolts on the O-S route though. The rap can be done in one large 140' rap by tying two ropes together...thats the easiest way.


Excellent. Thank you for clearly answering my unclear question.
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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby Alan Ellis » Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:52 am

I don't recall big eyebolts at the original OS rap, but then it has been seven years since we did it. I recall a mass of slings and rings that the guide services put up each year. However a new rap station was installed in August 04 which is 50 meters north of the original rap, and that may be the one that has the eyebolts. This rap station requires two ropes.

The main rap is a little over 100' if you rap to the "South". It can be done with one 60 meter rope if done correctly. The bottom of the rap slopes downward toward the north. If you throw your rope and rap on the "south" side, your single 60 meter rope will reach the ground with rope stretch. If you throw and rap to the north side, you'll be hanging there with about 20 ft to go. Don't forget to tie knots at the ends of your ropes. :)

Here's my Grand Teton and OS route page on SP: http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... teton.html
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Re: Ze Grand Teton

Postby norseman » Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:06 am

Expect it to be crowded, start as early as you can. I found the crowds the biggest problem. Waiting on slow groups ahead especially in bad weather at the rappel can suck. Route finding was fairly easy. Get a good guide book.
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