Ascent of Table Mountain on 1990-09-28

Climber: Steve Myers

Others in Party:Andy Till
Date:Friday, September 28, 1990
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Table Mountain
    Elevation:11106 ft / 3385 m

Ascent Trip Report

Table Mountain is part of the Teton Range, but is not seen from the typical vantage point of Jackson Hole to the east. It stands further to the west, and is best approached from the west or "back side," as the Idaho side of the range is often termed.

I climbed this mountain with Andy Till. It was to be my last mountain of the 1990 season. 1990 marks the first year that I ever really climbed any mountain, so it is significant to me as a beginning to something that has come to define a portion of my life. By the time I headed up Table Mountain, I had learned a thing or two about mountains and how to go about getting to the top of one. The most important thing I learned was patience. Mountains are huge (no shit) and we are small. You can't get too anxious for the summit or you're bound to be frustrated. The summit is always further than you think, and definitely further than you want, but (need I say it?) would it be worth it if that wasn't the case?

At times, I'm as lazy as the next guy, sometimes even lazier, and I won't say that I haven't ever taken advantage of roads, trams, etc. that get me to the top of a mountain easier, but doing so puts you up there with a crowd. The mountain is somehow lessened and seems nothing more than bland entertainment for the masses, a diversion, something to pass an otherwise idle afternoon. But to take a day and exert a big effort to reach a summit to find only few or even no others is to truly experience the real mountain. Such was the day on Table Mountain with Andy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4146 ft / 1263 m
    Trailhead:6960 ft / 2121 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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