Peak(s):  Grand Teton - 13776
Date Posted:  07/31/2018
Modified:  02/21/2023
Date Climbed:   07/28/2018
Author:  alexhenes
Additional Members:   kristihen
 Grand Teton - Upper Exum   

Here is a summary TR. A full account can be found at Grand Teton - Exum Ridge

On a Thursday in late July Kristi and I flew from Denver to Jackson and met up with our good friend Jenny Crawford (Bentgate Athlete) and her friend Eric. We had dinner, beers and watched the sun set behind the Tetons from the upper deck of Dornan's.

On Friday Kristi, Jenny and I hiked from the Lupine Meadows TH to the Petzold Caves where we camped. Eric joined us a few hours later and we were treated to a 'Blood Moon' and the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

Alex approaching the caves

We set our alarms for 4:00am and got to bed relatively early.

Luxury Accommodations at the Petzold Caves

The next morning we were hiking by 4:45am. We reached the lower saddle by 6:30am.

After hiking some easy class 2/3 we reached Wall Street. Eric took lead set a great pace on the Upper Exum Ridge. We summited by 1:00pm. Even though it was a Saturday we didn't encounter other climbers until the last pitch before the class 3 scramble to the summit.

Kristi above the Golden Staircase

Jenny topping out on the Friction Pitch

Jenny, Eric, Kristi and Alex on the summit

After 90 minutes of summit quality time we descended the Owen Spalding route and headed back to camp. We reached camp at 6:50pm.

Jenny on the second rap

After packing up we hiked the 5 miles back to the car and proceeded to the Snake River Brewery for well earned burgers and beers.

A huge thanks to Jenny and Eric for being great hosts and guides. We couldn't have asked for a better group to do this trip with... what a fantastic time!!!

The total mileage and vertical for the trip was 15.4 miles and 10k vertical over two days.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions
flew to Jackson
08/01/2018 14:38
damn son, you ballin. Nice work

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