At the moment Liudmila Sudanava and Elena Hanajenko are planning on visiting Grand Teton NP for watching eclipse.
Climbing Grand Teton on eclipse day would be a dream goal but it is a technical peak which is almost 14000 high so it is required strong and prepared team.
There are other fine mountains like Middle or South Teton that have scrambling routes that can be climbed.
Sunday, August 13 – August 22 (on Sunday more chances to find a campsite. Campgrounds are first come, first serve. No chance to make reservations ahead.)
There are many mountaineering and see-sighting opportunities in the area.
Visit/trek to Yellow Stone NP (~130mi/2.5h from Teton) also can be done on this trip for interested parties.
The main objective for the group, initiating this adventure, is technical alpine ascents (long scrambling approaches to remote multipitch rock climbing routes of 5.4-5.8 grade)
Trip will consist of two parts: acclimatization climbs and ascent of selected mountain.
Getting in (driving or flying):
Sun, 8/13 – arriving and setting up camping.
Part 1 – acclimatization:
Mon, 8/14 – getting backcountry permits for the selected area, approaching base camp
Tue, 8/15 – climbing
Wed, 8/16 – climbing
Thu, 8/17 – returning to campground
Fri, 8/18 – rest day
Option 1 – Lupine Meadows trail leads to many good climbs.
Option 2 – Inspiration Point via boat on Jenny Lake
Option 3 – Mount Moran via canoe on Leight Lake
Non-technical treks and scrambling:
Option 1 – Cascade Canyon-Paintbrush Canyon trek
Option 2 – check out this link “Top 10 hikes in Grand Teton”
Part 2 – ascent
Sat, 8/19 – re-set, prep. day
Sun, 8/20 – approach day
Mon, 8/21 – ascent and returning to campground
GRAND TETON, Exum Ridge (link)
Backup 1 – Avalanche Canyon
Backup 2 – South Tetons
Option 1 – scrambling Statick Point or Buck Mountain
Option 2 – scrambling Prospector Mountain
Option 3 – going up by lift at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at Teton Village
Tue, 8/22 – driving home.
SKILLS REQUIREMENTS FOR TECHNICAL CLIMBING
rock climbing skills at 5.10 level
working as rope team of 2 or 3
packing for walk-off
coiling and carrying ropes
rappel off a ledge
rappel with 3rd hand
self-rescue basic skills
munter hitch rappel
ascending a rope
To sign up for technical climbing, member has to be well known by the leaders of the group and actively participate in climbing events (see Training Schedule page).
Experienced climbers are welcome to form their own team(s) and be fully responsible for the team safety.
Technical leaders have full authority to accept or dismiss members from the climb.
For non-technical ascents, members are responsible for planning and organizing their own hiking agenda.
To sign up:
– fill out the form Grand Teton Sign Up Form
– Mount Jefferson, Oregon, it would be probably hard to reach the top at the end of August but south summit shoulder is accessible
– Smith Rock, not a mountain but fine rock climbing destination, can be hot in August
– Gannet peak in Wind River Range, it is highest peak in Wyoming and the one that is require 20-30 miles approach with scrambling route to get to the summit. It can be interesting mini-expedition adventure but would be harder to change plans if weather won’t cooperate