Climbing the Grand Teton
August 19-22, 2005
Martin & Kyle Friedrichs, with John & Alycia
Samalot planned this climb along the famous,
and very exposed Exum Ridge, using the
Exum guides of Grand Teton Park, Wyoming.
Only 3 days before our climb the mountians
received a heavy snowfall.
We first went to a training (evaluation) session, where we had
to practice the local techniques that would be needed to climb
the Grand. Including repelling off a 120 foot cliff (Alycia) and
speed climbing up steep faces (Instructor & Kyle - right),
Our 1st days route was over 5,000 vertical feet up a series of
valleys to spend the night on the saddle, and then to go up the
south facing Exum ridge in the morning.
The long, long, long hike up
It fits 21 people - as long as everyone sleeps on their side.
We wake at 3:30 a.m. to start our ascent up the Exum route
with headlights and a full moon.
(John & Alycia took the "shorter" east facing â€œOwensâ
€� route, but 2/3 up were turned back by ice and cold.)
(from hut to
with 3000 feet
edge" ridge, with sheer drops on both sides.
Kyle and Martin at 13,770 feet, atop the Grand Teton.