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 three memorable days and two nights at Corbet High Camp (11,200′). No prior climbing experience required.
The Training Day – Clients should plan to arrive at JHMG headquarters at 8:30am on July 12, 2020 to take part in their training day. The training day starts at the office, where you will meet your guides, get outfitted with helmets, harnesses and shoes and head out to the training area where folks will learn skills they will need to successfully navigate the Grand Teton under the supervision of their guide. Training wraps up around 3:00pm. After training, folks will return to the office where they will do their gear check. Please bring everything you are planning on bringing on the mountain with you to the training day.
Day 1 – Plan on meeting early at the Lupine Meadows trailhead. Your guides will give you specific departure times at the gear check. 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.
After settling in, and getting some rest, your guides will equip each client with a helmet, a harness and a belay/rappel device. You and your guides will walk 10 minutes from camp to the a world class training area. Guides will then cover a curriculum consisting of anything not covered on the previous day and get you on the rock for a multi-pitch climb and rappel.
Day 2 –It’s summit day! The day begins with a very early wake up, 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 3 – Day 3 is what makes this program so special. If your party was turned around due to bad weather on day 2, day 3 can serve as a second summit attempt. The 3 and 4 day programs are the only programs where this is an option. If you reached the top on day 2, then day 3 is flexible.
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.
Instead of paying us, you will have a fundraising goal of $3000 to support Big City Mountaineers!!!
We are not going to sugar coat it. Climbing the Grand Teton is hard. You need to arrive in Jackson in the best shape of your life. If you work hard, train hard, and prepare for this climb. You are going to have a blast. If you try to climb this mountain off the couch, you are going to be miserable, and impact the climb of your rope team. The decision is simple. Train hard and have a great time, or don;t and hate it.
We are Mountain Guides, not fitness experts. However, we do have a number of resources that you can explore to find what works for you.
I am disciplined I can and will train on my own, just tell me what to do.
- FitClimb – Fitclimb’s purpose is to help hikers, climbers, and mountaineers maximize their experience and stay safe in the outdoors. 6 week beginner mountaineering fitness plan
- Backpacker Magazine: How to Train in the City to Prepare for the Mountains
- REI Expert Advice: How to Train for Mountaineering
I want a personalized fitness plan from an expert
- Uphill Athlete – Mark Postle is the Lead Guide at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. When he is not guiding people up mountains, he is helping people get physically ready to climb mountains. This is the real deal
- Mountain Fitness Research – The mission of Mountain Fitness Research is to explore, educate, equip and engage mountain athletes in their individual fitness potential. They do this through a personal on-line assessment and data driven training plan.
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: Scarpa Crux or Scarpa Mescalito (Available for rent)
- Mountain Boots: Trips before early July require a crampon compatible mountain boot – Guide Pick: Scarpa Zodiach Tech (Available for rent)
- Rock Shoes for technical rock routes (Available for rent)
- 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.
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.
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.