Ascent of Mount Owen on 2016-08-04

Climber: Alex Lennon

Date:Thursday, August 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Owen
    Elevation:12928 ft / 3940 m

Ascent Trip Report

I can say with little doubt that Mount Owen is the hardest climb to date that I have done in a single day. 14:45 car to car, starting at 3am and moving nearly the entire time. This mountain is a real ass-kicker. It also may be the most rewarding climb I've ever done, and my proudest summit. Views were spectacular, weather was flawless, and the climbing was of superb quality. Kevin, my go-to climbing partner in the Tetons and Greater Yellowstone, crushed it with me yet again. Highlights were sunrise alpenglow on the north face of the Grand seen while crossing the Teton Glacier, getting to climb Owen's upper snowfield on its east flank, and one climbing move on the East Ridge which involved a high heel hook to navigate a corner above a 1,000ft vertical drop. I don't feel the need to go back up Owen for a while, but oh man am I proud of this one.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6228 ft / 1898 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6228 ft / 1898 m
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:6700 ft / 2042 m
Descent Statistics

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