While the Grand Teton is by far the most known Peak in the Tetons, this range has a number of objectives that are equally as spectacular. Whether it be the East Ridge of Mt. Owen, the East Face Buck Mountain or the Northwest Couloir of the Middle Teton, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, can design an overnight climb that will accommodate any goal or skill level.
Climbs from Corbet High Camp: we are lucky to be surrounded numerous granite spires at our high camp; they are collectively known as the Garnet Towers and have many excellent rock climbs in their own right. Sample a few on a three to five day high camp visit, and enjoy the camp amenities at night. Space at high camp is limited – please call the office well in advance to make reservations or for more information.
Corkscrew Route- Garnet Towers II 5.9
One of the most aesthetic climbs in Garnet Canyon, this steep red granite prow of the Watchtower ascends corners, cracks, and chimneys for several pitches. It ends right across from high camp!
Irene’s Arete—Garnet Canyon III 5.8-5.10a
Many consider Irene’s Arete to be the best rock climb in the Park. Advanced rock climbers will be delighted with the clean cracks and superb rock of this Garnet Canyon prow. It’s named for Teton great Irene Beardsley (Ortenburger) who discovered this prize with John Dietschy in 1957. Irene’s is justifiably popular with airy, continuous pitches amongst spectacular surroundings. This very strenuous one-day climb has a long approach necessitating an early start. It can also be conveniently done on a multi-day basis from Corbet High Camp.
Red Sentinel – Garnet Towers 11,200+’ II, 5.7
The Red Sentinel is a striking pinnacle that can only be seen from certain strategic positions within the Tetons. It sits between the West Face of Disappointment Peak and the Grand Teton itself. The most popular route involves a wide fist crack to a traverse to a long pitch of thin and exposed face climbing. The rating in no way prepares the climber for how spectacular and committing this route actually is. The descent is a full rope length, free hanging rappel! It doesn’t get much better than that. The base of the route is but 10 minutes from Corbet High Camp.
West Face – Disappointment Peak 11,618’ II, 5.4-5.7
This is a surprisingly pleasant and easy climb considering the formidable appearance of the West Face. The rock is steep but adequate holds are plentiful. The approach from Corbet High Camp is roughly 10 or 15 minutes and the climb takes but a few hours camp to camp. From the Valley floor the West Face would be a very long day.
Okie’s Thorn 11,840+’ II, 5.6, East Face-Tepee Pillar 12,266’ II, 5.7
These pillars are minutes from high camp and achieve summits that are not often visited. In a spectacular setting, one can contemplate the views up the East Face of the Grand Teton from these climbs.
Overnight Classic Teton Rock Climbs: Price: $455/day/private; $375 per person/day in group of two.
Please note that due to scheduling, this adventure cannot be booked online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates.
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.
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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.
Our multi-day trips expand a variety of different types of terrain. If you have questions about footwear, please contact our office and we will answer all of your questions.
Lightweight Mountaineering Boot – Trips in the Tetons before mid-July and those including extensive snow climbing (e.g. Gannett, Granite, ) require a lightweight mountaineering boot NOT a plastic boot.
- Guide Pick: (Early Season) Salewa Crow GTX
- Guide Pick: (Mid-Late Season Gannett or Granite) Salewa Mountain Trainer
- Guide Pick (Mid-Late Season Technical Multi Day) Salewa Firetail 3 GTX and ask if your objective might require technical rock shoes
- 4 pair of wool socks and blister prevention
- Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Top Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Butterman Hooded
- Synthetic T-shirt Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Metonic
- Insulating Jacket: lightweight down or synthetic – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Dynotherm Jacket
- Soft Shell: fleece or pile Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear A-therm Jacket
- Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Quasar Light II Jacket
- Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Bottom Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
- Hiking Short or Pant for approach Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Hike Short
- Synthetic Climbing Pant – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear- Toren Pant
- Rain Pant – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Exponent Pant
- Hat: lightweight to medium weight warm hat – sleek enough to be worn under a helmet
- Gloves: 2 Pair – one lightweight pair and to medium weight pair – Synthetic but able to belay and have good dexterity. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Gloves
- Gaiters: only until mid-July
On the trail
- Large Pack- Internal frame only 70L+ Minumum for 5-6 day trips – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear- South Col 70 Outdry .
- Medium Pack -Internal frame only, 50L+ for 2-4 day trips. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Directissima 50
- Small Summit Packs – For 2 and 3 day technical multi-day trips (Grand/Cathedral Traverse) Must be large enough to fit all your personal gear plus ten pounds of food and water. Some trips will require an additional small summit pack for Technical Rock Climbs or summit days – Guide pick: Mountain Harwdwear Summit Rocket 30
- Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) or H2O hydration system
- Water Treatment tablets
- Lightweight Bowl
- Insulated Mug
- Spoon and Fork
- 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,
buff, camp suds, wash cloth, etc.
Some trips require (please inquire with JHMG):
- Sleeping Bag: 20 degree – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Extra Lamina +20 Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Pad: Closed-cell foam or Thermarest
Recommended & Optional Items
- Trekking Poles
- Camera and batteries, spare memory card
- Insoles: custom or after market
- Bear Spray
- Insect Repellent (Ask the office if this is necessary)
- Headnet (Ask the office if this is necessary)
- Camp Shoe – lightweight
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.
- Buff or neck gaiter
- 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 & purchased 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
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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.