Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage to the four day Grand Teton program?

There are several. The training is conducted at 11,000’ on the type and aspect of rock that you will experience on the upper mountain. There are two opportunities to summit. The pace is far more relaxed than a rushed overnight climb from the valley wherein you must descend all the way o the parking lot after summiting. Ohh yeah! and instead of staying in a hotel room for your training days, you get to spend 3 night in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Corbet High Camp

What route on the Grand Teton am I likely to be climbing?

JHMG utilizes primarily the upper Exum ridge and the Pownal/Gilkey routes for summiting the peak. The Exum is a little longer and comes in to the morning sun early. The Pownall/Gilkey is a better bet for a questionable forecast as we can see the weather to the west and it is faster to retreat in the event of a storm.

How fit do I need to be to climb the Grand Teton?

The short answer is,”I’m glad you asked.” The longer answer is that the better shape you are in the more you will enjoy it. You are comitting some time and resources to be here. What a great motivator to get moving! All that said, good cardio, a long attention span and sense of humor will almost always carry the day.

What are the sleeping accommodations at Corbett high camp?

We have a Weatherport quanset hut for cooking and gathering, but we our guests sleep in new Mountain Hardware dome tents spread around the moraine for some privacy and greatly enhanced sleeping arrangements.

What is a sticky rubber approach shoe? It sounds disgusting.

It is a hybrid lightweight boot or shoe with features of a light hiker and a rock climbing shoe. The lacing is focused down to the toe and the shoe is randed and soled with the high performance rubber used in technical rock shoes. The idea is to utilize one shoe for the entire trip on the Grand Teton.

Do you have a minimum age to climb the Grand Teton?

We get this question a lot.  The answer is no.  But our goal at JHMG is to give every climber a positive mountain experience.  In order to do so, we need to make sure we are setting our young one’s up to succeed.  The Grand Teton is a big mountain and we usually see folks over the age of 15 have the physical and mental fortitude to succeed in reaching the summit.  We would also recommend the 4-Day climb.  Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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