Ascent to Grand Teton-13160 on 2011-08-01

Climber: Matt Larson

Others in Party:Jonathan Ring <2700>
Justin Nyweide
Tim Brown
Date:Monday, August 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Grand Teton - 13160
    Elevation:13770 ft / 4197 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a hard decision but we ended up turning back when after hiking in the rain for 8 hours, with more storm clouds coming in, we came across a lone backpack at the foot of the final ascent. The backpack likely meant that someone went on to the summit with less gear to make the final go easier, but something about the weather made the lonely backpack seem ominous. One of our group members made the call to not summit, and so we hit the Enclosure instead. It was reported that we were the highest people in the state of Wyoming that day. Turning back from the possibility of summiting Teton was hard but it turned out to be the right decision. Unfortunately when we got back to camp we learned that the backpack we came across belonged to a man from Missouri who had actually fallen thousands of feet into Valahalla canyon, after attempting to summit the final part of Grand Teton alone, without ropes, on very slick rock. The weather was absolutely miserable that day and was certainly the cause of the poor guy's fall.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7038 ft / 2145 m
    Trailhead:6732 ft / 2051 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Hut Camp
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Part of Trip: Tetons (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Grand Teton2011-08-017038 ft / 2145 m
2The Enclosure2011-08-01120 ft / 37 m
Total Trip Gain: 7158 ft / 2182 m    Total Trip Loss: 13586 ft / 4141 m

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