Click for video: Grand Teton, Winter 2012
A few weeks ago, before the brunt of winter snow arrived Nate Brown, Melanie Garner and Andrew McNab and I headed up to climb the grand. Andrew and Melanie were visiting from
Revelstoke and new to the Tetons, and after a hard week of training and preparing for the upcoming ski mountaineering races – they still had it in them to go charge in the mountains. We encountered brutal winds, some of the strongest I have ever seen anywhere and brilliant light at sunrise. We took a quick break with some hot tea and tram bars at the saddle, before pushing on toward the summit. The winds intensified to the point where even crawling became incredibly difficult. With the hour getting late and the ferocity of the wind we pulled the plug at the 13’000 foot mark. A great day in the mountains nonetheless!