Monday, August 22, 2011

Grand Teton August 21...

...with Mark and Paul, and fellow Exum Guide, Tyson Bradley, on the Owen-Spaulding route.

We had (litterally) stellar conditions: Mild temps, Light wind, and a quarter moon. We were treated to a lightning show some 40 miles to the south, but not a worry for us. Give it up for these two hardy mountaineers topping out on the Grand Teton yesterday!
Some highlights:

Paul finishes the Belly Roll, as the shadow of the Grand pops out over Idaho

Paul belays Tyson and Mark

The half moon over the Owen Chimney

The Enclosure with Grand shadows

Paul at the top of the Owen Chimney, with Mt. Moran in the background

Tyson and Mark start up the Owen Chimney with Valhalla Canyon joining Cascade Canyon far below

Mark at the crux of the Owen Chimney, with verglas showing up on all the best footholds (Doh!)

Mark, thankful for Paul's belay, at the top of the Sargent Chimney

On the way down, I caught sight of some Teton Edelweiss (actually Alpine Phlox) hiding between a skunky clump of Sky Pilot and the Black Dike itself, replete with orange lichen.

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