Ascent to Cascade Canyon on 1992-09-08

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Jack Turner (Guide)
Date:Tuesday, September 8, 1992
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Place:Cascade Canyon
    Elevation:7800 ft / 2377 m

Ascent Trip Report

My intermediate climbing class today was far smaller, consisting of only Rex and Lorelei from yesterday, plus me. Our guide was Jack Turner, a big, athletic man in his 40s with white hair and beard, and the director of the whole Exum outfit. He took us three across the lake in the boat, just like yesterday (Exum got free use of the boat--normal tourists had to pay), and we spent several hours climbing cliffs and rappelling. Today's climbs were on much harder and longer cliffs, and the difficulty and rhythm of our climbing was supposed to simulate what an ascent of "the Grand" was like. The rappels we did were quite high, too. I was impressed with Jack's expeditions to mountains like Minya Konka (Gongga Shan) that he talked about, and got to know Rex and Lorelei better during the afternoon.

A film crew appeared at one point, filming an infomercial about Jackson Hole activities, and Rex, Lorelei, and myself talked about why were doing the climbing school thing. However, their camera broke before they could film us doing any climbing, so they cancelled their shoot and left. We were bummed about missing our chance for video immortality.

It never rained, even though it was threatening to all day, and Jack was very pessimistic about chances for a summit climb anytime this week, since snow from the weekend hadn't melted yet up high. We were finished a lot earlier than yesterday, and after taking the boat across the lake Rex, Lorelei, and I returned our junk and hung out at the Exum hut to see when the next guided climb up the Grand Teton was. No one really knew, but the consensus seemed to be that maybe over the weekend a group would make the attempt. One guide, a warm-weather Californian, was very pessimistic, saying that he doubted anyone else at all would go up. I had heard once that Wyoming had only two seasons--winter and August, and apparently there was much truth in that statement.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1017 ft / 309 m
    Trailhead:6783 ft / 2067 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Guide

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