- Date Hiked: July 9,
- Miles Hiked:
- Elevation Gain: 3,204'
- Hiking Partner(s): Brian Kooienga
and Jeff Shafer
- After our climb of the Grand, we decided to attempt the Middle Teton
via the Middle Teton Glacier. We wanted to keep our route
relatively simply, but the Middle Teton Glacier ended up being one of
the steepest snow climbs I have done. We slept in until 6:00
am since our camp was essentially on the apron of the climb. The
initial section of the climb was easy snow climbing to the first major bergshrund where a deep runnel terminated. From here, we doglegged
right and the climbing became steeper to the col between the Dike
Pinnacle and Middle Teton. We took a break at the saddle and
viewed the rest of our route. We avoided another large bergshrund
and the climbing remained steep all the way to the notch between the
twin summitted Middle Teton. There was a short scramble to the
summit which we made in about 2 hours and 30 minutes from the Moraine.
- We spent 30 minutes on top enjoying the views of the Grand and South
Tetons. We descended the Southwest Couloir which takes you to the
saddle between the Middle and South Tetons. We hiked back down to
the Meadows and had to regain some elevation to get back to our camp.
Our round trip time was 6 hours. After returning to camp, we
packed up and hiked back to the Lupine Meadows Trailhead. We made
good time on the hike out and were glad to have climbed a couple of
- After checking into the Climber's Ranch, we cleaned up and went into
Jackson (WY) to eat at the Gun Barrel Steakhouse. Kevin went with
the Single Barrel prime rib (8 oz.), Jeff and I opted for the Double
Barrel prime rib (12 oz.), and Brian ate the Grand prime rib (16 oz.).
I was initially concerned that my eyes were bigger than my stomach, but
even after a beer and appetizers I think I ate mine in about 5 minutes.
We even had desert and picked up a sixer on the way back to the
- Thursday was a rest/tourist day. We went into Jackson (WY) and
replaced the battery in Jeff's Tahoe and then had breakfast at Bubba's.
Once again, we all ate like kings while drinking coffee and water.
We did a little shopping, checked out the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, and
then went on a little road trip to check out more scenery.