Peak(s):  Grand Teton - 13,776 feet
Post Date:  07/25/2013
Date Climbed:   07/20/2013
Posted By:  maverick_manley

 Grand Teton Conditions on the Upper Exum Ridge   

Headed up to Jackson, WY this past weekend to check out...

Conditions on the Upper Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton


  • Comments or Questions

Sweet!     07/26/2013 06:22
Nice pics! A scrambler's dream with all sorts of options. We pulled out the rope too for Friction, despite zero protection. Supposedly, there's an old piton in there somewhere. Interesting that you like scrambling in the FFs. I always felt they were too flexible and didn't transfer weight well.


SaaaWEEETTT     07/26/2013 13:00
This is bad ass. Sorry I missed this trip.


Congrats!     07/26/2013 15:02
3 years in the making, eh? Must have felt good to stand on that summit, congratulations! Damn that looks like a complex route...

Really enjoyed reading this report. Nice tribute to Steve, too.


Awesome!     07/26/2013 16:15
Sorry to have missed out on this trip, looks like it was a blast! Just bad timing I guess.


Thanks!     07/26/2013 17:13
Monster - I don't like the FFs once the scrambling starts getting technical. Agreed that they feel too flexible. I think they're generally great for anything up to 5.2. I like them on the descents as well... short steps, faster throughput.

Ryan: Hopefully we can get together for a climb one of these days

Sarah: It was a bit more complex than I expected. Didn't think a ridge would serve up route-finding issues.

Otina: Coordinating these things seems tough with everyone having a life . I'm pretty glad we got such a sweet group together for CP last Winter.


Nice Pics     07/26/2013 18:24
Probably my favorite all time climb. I remember the V pitch well even though it has been 12 years since I climbed it. And the step at the end of wall street is still the most exposure I have experienced.


Sweet Redemption     07/26/2013 18:55
Prakash - I remember the last TR you had for this peak and you posted the weather forecast to let the readers know you weren't crazy. This looks like a world of difference and a well earned summit.

Hope to get out with you soon my man. Thanks for the inspirational report and the humor that comes along with it.

Ridge runner

I agree     07/26/2013 20:54
Open book tests are generally harder. Congrats on getting this - it had to feel pretty good standing on top and looking out over the valley. How would you compare the exposure, route finding, and general effort to something like Old Baldy? Nice blog, btw.


Nice work!     07/27/2013 00:13
Glad to see that everything finally lined up for you and you were able to stand on top of the GT! And I can't believe you are still wearing those same 5 fingers...a little duct tape perhaps?


Re: Thanks!     07/27/2013 22:28
Mike: Certainly in my top 3. The Wall Street step-over had a bit of spice to it I thought.

Brian: Let's get out soon. Our wish-lists appear similar - the timing is what we have to figure out.

Steph: Something as treacherous as the sharp blades of alpine tundra strewn on baldy requires the smoothing rythms of Ace of Base to overcome.

Heather: Duct tape doesn't hold as well as sewn on bicycle inner tube. That's quality


Nice Report Prakash     07/29/2013 15:57
Thanks for sharing and very touching tribute. Hopefully our paths cross soon. Also, you're taste in cuisine is improving with every trip.


sweet     07/30/2013 18:23
great climb and helpful details, thanks!

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