Grand Teton (13,770')

The Grand Teton is not only the highest peak in the Teton Range but also the high point of climbing activity.  From any approach to the range, the Grand Teton towers above the lesser peaks and beckons the climber almost irresistibly.  In more than 100 years of climbing on "the Grand" routes to its summit have been found that will satisfy anyone's taste.  From the Owen-Spalding route to the Direct North Face almost all degrees of difficulty can be found.  All routes, however, require knowledge of the use of a rope and correct belay techniques to be negotiated safely.

It is not uncommon for parties to take 14 hours or more to make the round trip from the Lower Saddle to the summit. The Owen-Spalding and Exum Ridge are often incorrectly described as "hikes." Soloists are regularly injured or killed when attempting these routes.

Climbing parties of more than three are NOT recommended. The OS, Exum and Petzoldt ridges are extremely popular technical alpine rock routes.  Groups larger than 2 are not appropriate and can cause unnecessary and dangerous delays for all parties on the route. 

Climbers should not attempt a one-day ascent of the Grand Teton without prior 1-day peak ascents in the range and prior climbs on the Grand.

There are no straightforward routes in the Tetons- everything requires good route finding skills!