- Photo by: Guide Mike Lewis
Learn to climb from the pros at JHMG! Our high quality instruction will make your day on the rocks informative, exciting and enjoyable . . . and you can’t beat the location! Offering courses for the beginner to advanced climber, JHMG can design special programs for corporate groups or private clubs. All ages are welcome. Classes are taught in one of three scenic locations in either Grand Teton National Park or the Bridger-Teton National Forest. We will pick the area that best suits your needs.
A spirited introduction to climbing techniques, rope work, and risk management. We build in lots of time for climbing. All ages welcome. This class is a requirement for a 2-day or 3-day Grand Teton Adventure
A full day of rock climbing and multi-pitch techniques. This class will prepare you for multi-pitch rock climbs and for the high peaks. For people who have not climbed in some time, this class is a great opportunity to refresh their skills. Basic course or previous experience required. This class is required for a 2 or 3 day Grand Teton Adventure
Learn to use the ice ax and practice techniques for ascent, descent, and safety systems on summer snow. This class is offered in early to mid summer when there is accessible snow. We’ll hike up to an appropriate snow slope, then cover a full range of topics, from step kicking to self arrest and glissading. This class is required for a 2 or 3 day Grand Teton Adventure if snowy conditions exist.
Basic Climbing Class: Price: $370 private; $185 group
Intermediate Climbing/Multi-Pitch Warm-Up: $370 private; $185 group
Snow School: $370 private; $185 group
Group pricing is for 2 – 3 people on a trip. We will match you with other interested participants on “group” trips. Please note that trips must reach minimum # of people.
All of our standard classes start at our Jackson office at 1325 S. Hwy 89, Suite 104, in Smith’s Plaza at the south end of town. Unless other arrangements are made, plan to arrive at our office at 8:30am, prepared for a full day of climbing. You’ll want lunch, plenty of water, and appropriate clothing for climbing in the mountains.
Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from our Jackson, WY headquarters. Our Jackson office is located in the south part of Jackson at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104 and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Our phone number is (800) 239-7642 or (307) 733-4979. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (a 2 – 2.5 hour drive) is a cheaper option and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are also air travel options. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by our office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when we will return to the trailhead. Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are a plethora of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. Accommodations near our office make your transitions convenient. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible. Lodging recommendations and many more details can be found in the downloadable document below.
Sitting on the eastern edge of the Great Basin, the north-south-trending Tetons rise dramatically from the floor of Jackson Hole without any foothills along an active fault-block mountain front system. Because it forms one of the first tall barriers to moisture sweeping eastward from the Pacific Ocean, much of the range’s precipitation falls as snow during winter and spring, but summers and fall are generally dry and pleasant, with the always-present possibility of thunderstorms.
The local climate is semi-arid with a yearly extreme high of 93 °F and extreme low of -46 °F. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Grand Teton National Park was -63 °F, and snow often blankets the landscape from early November to late April. Jackson Hole has long, cold winters. The first heavy snows fall by the beginning of November and continue through March. Snow and frost are possible during any month. By May and June, mild days and cool nights alternate with rain and occasional snow. Valley trails are snow covered until late May. Warm days and cool nights prevail during July and August, with afternoon thundershowers common. In autumn, sunny days and cold nights alternate with rain and occasional snow storms.
- Approach, Hiking, Running Shoes – Guide Pick: Salewa Wildfire Pro GTX
- Technical Rock Shoes
- Wool Socks: 1 or 2 pairs
- Short Sleeve Shirt: non–cotton is preferable
- Fleece or Lightweight Down Sweater – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Microchill fleece
- Lightweight Wind Shell – Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Jacket
- Lightweight Rain Shell – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket
- Synthetic loose fitting pant – Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Chalkstone Mid–weight Active
- Synthetic Loose Fitting Shorts – Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Chalkstone Mid–weight Active shorts
- Rain Pants – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pants
- Backpack: 30-40 Liter – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
- Sun hat: baseball or full brimmed
- Water : water bottles/hydration bladder are best
- Food: energy bars, fruit, sandwich, bring enough
- Sunscreen/Lip Balm
Mountain Weather can change on a dime. It is important to be prepared for any eventuality of weather. If you are unsure about conditions do not hesitate to contact the office at 307-733-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides provides all technical climbing equipment including:
- Belay devices
Technical rock shoes are available for rent. Please contact our office for availability.
Talk To Us
Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.