With the lack of a winter again it seems that road trips are becoming the norm this year. Jackson, Wy has been doing well this year and with backcountry avy danger at low on all elevations and aspects we figured a trip to the state next door would be in order. We made it to Pinedale the first night and crashed at a hotel. We woke up early and headed up to the Coal Creek trailhead to go for a line I’ve wanted since last March when I climbed Mt Glory. We met up with Anthony and Rebecca and headed up a very slippery Southeast Ridge. Gotta bring the ski crampons next time. After tagging the summit we dropped into the northeast side of the summit rib on the East Face. The snow was very unusual. Once we got past the second cliff zone it got really good. Great to get this one done Ally considering that we’ve been talking about it since day one.
The next day we had breakfast and headed over to the Taggart traihead. We followed the trail up 25 Short. This peak is “named” for the fact that it’s 25′ short of 10,000′ tall. This peak in the Grand Teton National Park sits in good position for some spectacular views of the Grand Teton, South Teton and Buck Mountain. There’s so much terrain back there. A lifetime of lines for those with the legs and lungs to pursue them. The snow at the top wasn’t all that great but about half way down things got really good. There was about 16″ of recycled pow and not many tracks on it from the midway point. It was really good.
The last day we went back to Teton Pass and headed up the ridge to the top of Mt Glory. We made really good time. Stoked on your progress Allison. We looked at Chickenscratch but thought the conditions might be a little stark. So we just skied Glory Bowl. The skier’s left side was firm. The skiers right side was mostly soft. Stoked to have gotten a couple of your list lines done girl. Happy Birthday 🙂
With the skiing done we headed back towards home. We took the long way over through GTNP and on to Togwotee Pass. Funny I knocked a line off my list but added 3 more on the drive home. Thanks for a great trip Allison. Looking forward to Europe.
Enjoy the pics