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Teton Range

The Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot as seen from the Grand Tetons Climbers’ Ranch.

When Jeff mentioned a trip to the Tetons, “a classic destination in American mountaineering”, my interest was immediately piqued. I kindly asked Jeff if I could join him and the others to which he was very welcoming. All I had to do was find a climbing partner, and that didn’t take long with the addition of Buttercup to make it a group of 8.

 

The Grand Teton National Park is located in western Wyoming and is often the starting point of many visits to Yellowstone because the closest airport to both is in Jackson, just south of the Tetons. Most visitors do not venture very high into the mountains however, and prefer to stay in the valley with the lakes, amenities, warmer temperatures, and easier access. While there is nothing wrong with this approach (the park is gorgeous to look at and much can be experienced from below, especially wildlife), our trip had one focus: climbing.

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Mt. Washington Winter Ascent

Mount Washington in February.

“Graduation” from the ECP Mountaineering School is a winter attempt to climb the northeast’s highest peak; Mount Washington. From Wikipedia:

Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft, famous for dangerously erratic weather. A weather observatory on the summit long held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth’s surface, 231 mph, on the afternoon of April 12, 1934. The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, Coos County, New Hampshire. While nearly the whole mountain is in the White Mountain National Forest, an area of 59 acres surrounding and including the summit is occupied by Mount Washington State Park.

Despite being under 7,000 feet high, the mountain must be taken seriously. Even film crews practice here before heading to Mt. Everest to film their latest documentary. EMS offers guided trips up to the summit this time of year, however everyone was in the Mountaineering School to learn how to function under our own power.

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