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Published on Aug 26, 2010
This video shows the whole climb, from parking lot to parking lot, including hiking through Garnet Canyon, through the meadows, camping at the moraine, up the lower saddle, and the entire Upper Exum route, including most major pitches and key route elements.
We took our time with an approach on day 1 to a campsite on the moraine below the lower saddle. On day two we woke at 5am and headed up at 6am. There were plenty of groups on the Upper Exum, so it moved fairly slowly at times, but we were also being cautious and roped up for 4 different pitches: Wall Street stepover, Golden Staircase, Friction Pitch, and V-Pitch. We summited just after 1pm with some mild clouds overhead, but we got off the summit quickly after snapping a few photos. On the descent we took the normal Owen-Spaulding route with both rappels.
Also on the descent I started getting major pain in my left knee just before reaching the lower saddle, so Jason and I decided to stay one more night at the moraine to rest before hiking out the next morning.
After four hours of enjoyable hiking in the morning, we were eating hamburgers at Billy's Giant Hamburgers in Jackson, WY. John and Jason D. went on to climb the Middle with a Scout troop on Tuesday.
An awesome climb.
Seth Packham, Jason Packham, John Dilworth, and Jason Delight climb the Grand Teton (13,775 ft) in Wyoming, USA, via the Upper Exum route.