Grand Teton – Owen Spalding to Ford Stettner: June 24, 2014
So, I kind of thought that I was done snowboarding for the season…but the snow is lingering up high, and it seemed worth taking one more trip up the Grand before throwing the snow-sliding gear in the attic. The ice in the Chevy is getting awfully rotten (it is summer after all), and at this point the only way I feel comfortable climbing the Grand in snowboard gear is via the Owen Spalding. While the OS is far from wintery and mostly a normal rock climb, there’s definitely still enough snow and ice up there to benefit from waterproof boots and crampons. Some of the more confined areas in the chimneys got a little awkward with skis or a snowboard on our backs, forcing us to come up with alternate sequences of moves through a few sections. All in all, the conditions made the generally easy rock climb more engaging and enjoyable for us. If you’re looking to bust out the rock shoes, you’re better off heading up one of the ridge routes at the moment.
Sunrise from the Lower Saddle
Middle Teton gettin’ lit
Idaho looking fine as ever
Easy livin’ on top
Looking down from the summit block
Paintbrush Divide, still snowy
Crampons off, skis on!
Never thought I’d lug a solid board this deep into GTNP
Down the Ford we go
Solid runnel in the lower Ford
Mike on the first rappel
Sweet view from the confines of the Chevy
Back to the beer stash at the Meadows!