Climbing The Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons Trek Essentials

Where: Northwest Wyoming, USA.
Best season: Autumn is a good cool season to tackle the mighty mountain.
Best sights: Worlds largest elk herd, drinking clear mountain spring water.
Remember to bring: Good strong rope and sunblock.

The Tetons are one of the most famous mountain ranges in the whole of North America. In fact, they’re not just mountains, they are icons. The largest of them, the Grand Teton, is a classic rock climb and climbers from around the world come to Wyoming to attempt the many climbs in this area. Grand Teton National Park is located in Northwest Wyoming, with Montana to the north and Idaho to the west.


– Learning new climbing techniques from the numerous climbing guides in the area.

– Hiking through Garnet Canyon and stopping for a drink of clear mountain spring water

– Pushing yourself to actually reach the summit

Our Journey Path

We prepare for her trip with two days on Exum Guides’ beginner’s training course. The Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton is one of the few routes that even a novice climber can attempt.

Our climb starts at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead, where we make a five-hour hike up through Garnet Canyon. We spend the night at the Lower Saddle hut, at an elevation of 11,600 feet. At five o’clock in the morning on the next day, we start our attempt to reach the summit of Grand Teton. We follow the Exum Ridge route and finally reach the plateau near the summit – nearly 14,000 feet!

Survival Tips

Climbing is a dangerous sport and you should never attempt any climb without proper training and guidance. Take a course, do your homework, stay in good shape, but most of all, know your limits!

Even the best climbers don’t go alone. Climb with people you trust. Remember, if there’s an emergency, your life is in their hands.

Check your ropes and all equipment for wear and tear before you start your climb. It’s no good discovering you’ve got a frayed rope when you are halfway up the mountain.

Did You Know?

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes the area around the Grand Teton range of mountains and Jackson Hole, supports the largest elk herd remaining in the world. About 4,000 elk spend the summer in Grand Teton National Park.

The Exum Route was first climbed by Glenn Exum in 1931. However, the original route of the first ascent of Grand Teton was the Owen-Spalding route. The first ascent of Grand Tetons was accomplished in 1898.



Exum Mountain Guides
Grand Teton National Park
Box 56, Jenny Lake
Moose, Wyoming 83012
Tel: (307) 733 2297
Fax: (307) 733 9613

E-mail address: exum *at*

General travel enquiries:

Wyoming Business Council
Division of Travel and Tourism
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Tel: (307) 777 7777
Fax: (307) 777 6904

Grand Teton National Park
PO Box 170
Moose, Wyoming
83012 USA
Tel: (307) 739 3300
e-mail: grat *at*

Planning a Trip:

National Parks Service
Tel: 307 739 3600
Rock climbing lessons in the Los Angeles area

The Wilderness Institute Inc.
P.O. Box 238
Auburn, CA 95604
(530) 885-6367
(530) 885-0121 FAX
Email: brad *at*
Searching for a trained mountain guide?

American Mountain Guides Association
Tel: (303) 271 0984

Many of the guides listed with AMGA work internationally, so if you live outside the U.S., they may still be able to help.

main image: Winter on Grand Teton at center with Mount Owen at right and Nez Perce at left. The Middle and South Teton peaks lie west of Nez Perce, out of view.