Teewinot Mountain via East Face - Class 4, Snow, Alpine, Grade III
Following a week of geologic fieldwork in Yellowstone, William and I planned on climbing some mountains. Our first choice was Granite Peak, located in the rugged Beartooth Mountains of southern Montana. Due to poor weather, we opted for plan B; Teewinot Mountain in the Tetons. The Tetons were supposed to have bad weather rolling in by mid-afternoon as well, but we figured we could climb it and get off the mountain before the storms blew in (unlike Granite, which would require many hours of hiking just to get to the base of the mountain).
We left Yellowstone at 5 am and we were on the trail at 7 am. Clear skies. The East Face route leaves the Lupine Meadows parking lot and pretty much goes straight up the mountain to the summit. 2.5 miles, 5,600 ft. to the top. We made great progress, despite the steep trail. We were motivated by the weather window we had, not knowing how long it would last. Once we reached the "apex" area, where the trail turns into a steep snowfield and scrambling, we put on our helmets and unpacked our ice axes.
|Close to the "Apex" area on Teewinot. The route follows the snowfield straight up towards the summit|
|William getting started on the snow|
|Taking a breather on Teewinot|
|Looking down the route from near the summit of Teewinot|
|Looking south towards Jackson from Teewinot|
|From left to right: South Teton, Middle Teton, Grand Teton, Mt. Owen|
I dried my feet out and filled up my water bottle before we made the hike back down to the car. We reached the parking lot at 2 pm, exactly 7 hours after starting.
|Storms blowing in around 2:30 pm|
We got a burger in Jackson and went out separate ways. I drove back to SLC that afternoon through torrential rain and thunderstorms. We got our weather window.