For over 5 years, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides has teamed up with Big City Mountaineers to offer enthusiastic climbers the opportunity to climb the Grand Teton, while raising funds to support the transformative wilderness experiences that Big City Mountaineers provides for under-resourced youth.
The premier Grand Teton experience combines training, acclimatizing, camping, and climbing the Grand during four memorable days and three nights at Corbet High Camp (11,200′). No prior climbing experience required.
Clients should plan to arrive at JHMG headquarters the day before 5:00 to do a gear check. Here we will go over all of your gear and make sure you have everything you need for a successful trip.
Day 1 – Office staff or your guide will coordinate an appropriate meeting time/ place. JHMG does not provide transportation for its clients into the park. Clients will be responsible for paying the $35 vehicle fee at the park entrance unless they have a Golden Eagle Pass or equivalent .
Once at the trail head, guides will distribute some food items to you for the ascent up to high camp. From there, you will enjoy a leisurely 7 mile hike up beautiful Garnet Canyon. The hike, while very scenic, does gain 4200 feet and requires a certain level of fitness and will. Your guide will set a slow, sustainable pace and in 6-8 hours you will arrive at JHMG’s historic Corbet High Camp.
Corbet High Camp features a pristine water source, a weatherport for cooking, eating and hanging out and 6 personal Mountain Hardwear 3 person Tents, each with sleeping pads and sleeping bags.
Day 2 – Day two is all about learning the skills to successfully climb the Grand Teton. After breakfast, guides will equip each client with a helmet, a harness and a belay/rappel device. Guides will then cover a curriculum consisting of knots, climbing commands, climbing movement, rappelling, and explore the world of multi-pitch climbing in one of the many venues located just minutes from camp. With your new knowledge, you will be ready for your summit attempt of the Grand Teton.
Day 3 – It’s summit day! The day begins with a very early wake u followed by breakfast, with your summit pack full of layers, your headlamp, water and food, and with harnesses and helmets on, you head out! Like the hike to Corbet High Camp, the pace is slow and sustainable. Upward momentum is the key.
The climb to the summit is roughly 2 miles, but climbs 2700 feet. It usually takes 6-8 hours. Your guide will select one of two routes. The Pownall- Gilkey Route or the Exum Ridge. The route decision is the guide’s discretion and is based on weather, time and ability.
Weather permitting, you will reach the summit and enjoy the fantastic views of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole and Teton Valley.
After your achievement, you will descend to the comfort of Corbet High Camp for a warm delicious meal which you have earned. Then it’s off to your tent to rest your weary muscles.
Day 4 – Day 4 is what makes this program so special. If your party was turned around due to bad weather on day 3, day 4 can serve as a second summit attempt. The 4 day program is the only program where this is an option. If you reached the top on day 3, day 4 is flexible. If you are hungry for more climbing, guides are always eager to share with clients some of the fantastic routes just outside of camp. If you want to just relax and enjoy high camp, that is an option as well.
We like to try and depart for Lupine Meadows no later than 11:00am and usually arrive at the trail head between 2:30 – 3:30. And while your Grand Teton Experience might be over, the memories will last a lifetime.
Open dates are available to book on-line. For custom dates – please fill out the inquiry form and we will contact you shortly.
Instead of paying us, you will have a fundraising goal of $3000 to support Big City Mountaineers!!!
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.
Objective Dependent – Salewa footwear is available at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for rent. JHMG also carries a selection of Five Ten Rock shoes for rent.
- Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes: required for all mid-summer climbs. – Guide Pick: 5.10 Guide Tennie or Adidas Terrex Scope GTX
- Mountain Boots: Trips before early July require a crampon compatible mountain boot – Guide Pick: Salewa Crow GTX
- Rock Shoes for technical rock routes
- Socks: 2-4 pair: sized for your boots and blister prevention
- Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Top – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman 1/2 Zip
- Synthetic/ Wool Sun Hoody – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Pullover Hoody
- Synthetic T-shirt – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Coolhiker AC Shirt
- Insulating Jacket: lightweight down or synthetic – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear- Dynotherm Hooded Jacket
- Soft Shell: fleece or pile Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear A-Therm Hooded Jacket
- Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear- Quasar Lite Jacket
- Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Bottom Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear 32 Degree Tight
- Hiking Short or Pant for approach Guide Pick Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Hike Short
- Synthetic Climbing Pant Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear- Chalkstone Pant
- Rain Pant Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Exponent Pant
- Hat: lightweight to medium weight warm hat – sleek enough to be worn under a helmet Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Caelum Dome Beanie
- Gloves: BRING TWO PAIR.one lightweight to medium weight pair – synthetic or fleece material. If snow route, shell also recommended. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear – Plasmic Out dry Glove
- Gaiters: only until mid-July
On the trail
- Alpine Climbing Pack – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear- Diretissima 50. Internal frame only. 45 to 5O L for 2 or 4 day trip. Large enough to fit all your personal gear plus ten pounds of food and water. Some trips will require additional Summit Pack for Technical Rock Climbs – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) or H2O hydration system
- Water Treatment – Steripen or other
- Closed toed camp shoes (optional)
- Stuff Sacks: zip lock bags
- Dark Sunglasses
- Extra Contact Lenses
- Sun Hat or Visor
- Sunscreen (35+SPF)
- Lip Balm
- Headlamp and Fresh Batteries
- First Aid – minimal: blister care, analgesic, etc.
- Lunch, snacks & drink mix.
- Misc Items: minimal: light knife, camera,
bandana, camp suds, wash cloth, etc.
Recommended & Optional Items
- Trekking Poles
- Camera and batteries, spare memory card
- Insoles: custom or after market
Cold Weather Considerations:
Early and late season temperatures require warmer clothing. You may consider additional clothing if you get cold easily or if it is unusually cold or windy.
- Extra down vest or jacket
- Expedition weight long underwear
- Extra gloves
**Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented in our Jackson office.
For your safety and comfort, bring synthetic and or natural fiber clothing for insulation. Cotton is NOT recommended and down must be kept dry. Clothing should be able to layer without encumbering movement.
At BCM, we work alongside the transformative powers of Mother Nature to leave a lasting impact on the lives of under-resourced youth. Our wilderness expeditions bring kids out of their comfort zones and into the wild, where they develop the confidence needed for more promising futures.
Our programs focus on improving the self-esteem, sense of responsibility, group communication and decision-making skills of nearly 1,000 youth annually. We engage youth in 7 cities across the country including Boston, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.
GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits, has awarded BCM the Gold Star in recognition of fiscal transparency and strong financial stewardship.
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.