Lower Saddle Approach 2017

August 19, 2017
Summer route is snow-free.  Ice axe not needed.  Fixed line out and usable.
July 17, 2017

Aerial photos taken 7.13.17

July 12, 2017
The path of choice when ascending to the Lower Saddle from the Meadows has transitioned to the summer route.  Climbers must cross snow coming out of the Meadows to the Moraine, as well as the lower Saddle headwall.  Ice axe and boots recommended.  Fixed line is melted out and usable; some snow patches above line.



Meadows camping zone.


Meadows camping zone, taken from above.

July 5, 2017
Report of significant rockfall affecting the "winter route" adjacent to the Middle Teton. Recommended to swing further east to avoid rockfall from the Middle Teton.

July 3, 2017
Lower Saddle Headwall

June 26, 2017
Ice axe needed for accessing the Lower Saddle.
Winter route remains passable.

Summer route remains snowy.

Lower Saddle Headwall.

Meadows camping zone

June 15, 2017
Snow-free to 3-mile junction.  A handful of steep snow crossings remain between 3-mile junction and the Platforms Campsites; then 100% snow.  One bear box melted out at Platforms but not much dry ground to camp on.  No boxes out at Meadows.  Winter route remains the preferred approach beyond the meadows.
 Looking up towards the Lower Saddle from just above the Meadows - 6.15.17
June 10, 2017
A spring snow storm last night deposited up to a foot of snow above 10,000 ft. New avalanche hazards exist.  Slushy snow, few sloughs.  Caves: sites buried, Spalding Falls dangerous to approach on thin snow.  Moraine: 1 dry bivy site, no water.  Lower Saddle: no dry sites, meltwater available on tundra below LS sign.
June 4, 2017
Upper Moraine and Lower Saddle Headwall.  Garnet approach: Mostly dry to the 1.7 junction, 100% snow approx 3/4 of a mile below the 3 mile junction.
May 23, 2017
40-50% snow to the 1.7 mile junction, 80% snow to 3 mile junction.  100% snow beyond to Garnet Canyon as well as Surprise & Amphitheater.  Many braided boot paths above the 3 mile junction.  Ice Axe recommended for traversing into Garnet Canyon proper.
 Traversing into the mouth of the canyon, 100% snow
Looking up Canyon from the Platforms
Cave Couloir and winter route
May 13, 2017
Nearly 100% snow above 3 mile junction.
Looking into Garnet Canyon - 5.13.17