Thursday, August 12, 2010
Day 3 (Climb to the Saddle) One Wild Challenge
Exum's two-day group climbs are the classic way of climbing the Grand Teton. Your group will consist of climbers who have passed our prerequisite classes for the Grand Teton. You are thus ensured of a well-matched group. Group climbs rely on participation and teamwork during your ascent, and the result is a heightened sense of accomplishment and an unforgettable bond with your teammates.
The seven-mile, 5,000-foot approach to the Exum Hut, on the saddle between the Middle and Grand Teton, climbs steeply through hillsides blanketed in wildflowers and past gorgeous waterfalls.
The hut is stocked with sleeping bags, pads, climbing gear, and cooking equipment. After a simple dinner we will enjoy the sunset across Idaho and then go to bed early. We rise at 3 a.m., wolf down some breakfast and warm drinks, and begin our ascent--in the dark. Looming above is the Grand Teton.
My forearm stand on the lower saddle.