Ascent of Grand Teton in 2000-07

Climber: J Thornton

Date:July, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Teton
    Elevation:13770 ft / 4197 m

Ascent Trip Report

We intended to climb the Petzoldt Ridge, but the wx threatened, so we opted for this route. On the ascent, while scrambling up to the rope-up ledge, we had looked down to see all other parties heading back down due to threatening wx, which kinda made us laugh nervously. Our buddies Brad and Roshan were above us, along with about 8 other climbers on our side of the mtn. The cracks had some ice and snow in them, but not too bad, and we were able to get good pro. My partner, Paul, and I were the last party up to the summit. We all summited, and quickly headed back down to the rap station. We could see the dark clouds and flurries almost arriving upon us. Two ropes were tied together and each tied off to the anchor, and climbers rapped off two at a time. The wx was quickly turning to almost white-out flurries and everyone was strictly down to the business of getting off the mtn. I was the last to rap down (made sure I switched the rope over from the tie-off to a loop), after watching Roshan disappear into whiteout on rap 100 feet below me and eventually yell 'off belay'. But I could still hear the dozen or so climbers clanking around 200 feet below me, so I was not too lonely. I think I was the highest person in Wyoming at that moment. The free rap in whiteout was neat.

Later that day while descending a steep decline, on the way down from the camp area, a sudden wind gust blew me 15 feet backward up the mtn on my tip toes. It was only breezy that day, and the wind gust 'came from outa nowhere'. It pretty much lifted me up off the ground. First and only time I have experienced that sort of thing. That was also neat.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Wittich Cracks
Descent Statistics

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