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WINTER CONDITIONS PERSIST IN HIGH COUNTRY - OCTOBER 11, 2014

Despite a week of warm weather in Jackson Hole, conditions remain snowy and icy in the high peaks.  The snow line has retreated to about 11,000' on south and east aspects, however, winter-like conditions prevail on mountain routes above this elevation.  North and west aspects are much worse, with snow and ice lingering below 10,000'.  Hiking trails and low elevation rock climbs remain mostly snow-free.

Ice and snow dominates in the high peaks above 10,000' - Photo taken 10/10/14

Climbers and hikers are reminded that fall brings changing conditions that they should be prepared to deal with, including:
  • Snow, ice and verglas in shaded areas, especially on north and west aspects above 9,000'
  • Freezing overnight temperatures
  • Shorter days - usable light only lasts until about 7:00 - 7:30 pm
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  Climbers and hikers can obtain backcountry camping permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose.

FOUR DAY STORM DEPOSITS SNOW ABOVE 9,500' - OCTOBER 2, 2014

The high peaks above 9,500' lie under a fresh, white blanket of snow after a four day long storm of nearly continuous rain and snow battered the Teton Range.  Travelers should expect deeply drifted snow in places above this elevation and climbing routes in the high peaks to be in full winter conditions!  Trail hiking and rock climbing at the lower elevations remains snow-free, however, be aware that heavy precipitation events can increase the rockfall hazard in the days that follow.

Storm clearing - 10/1/2014
The Teton Range after the storm - 10/2/2014
Climbers and hikers are reminded that fall brings changing conditions that they should be prepared to deal with, including:
  • Snow, ice and verglas in shaded areas, especially on north and west aspects above 9,000'
  • Freezing overnight temperatures
  • Shorter days - usable light only lasts until about 7:30 - 8:00 pm
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  Climbers and hikers can obtain backcountry camping permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose.


  

       

FALL UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Warmer and drier weather over the past two weeks has reduced the amount of, but not eliminated, the snow and ice lingering on shaded ledges high in the Teton Range.  An ascent of the Upper Exum remains manageable without an ice axe or crampons, however, we continue to recommend carrying crampons, and perhaps an ice axe, for descent of the Owen-Spalding.  An ascent of the Owen Spalding requires an ice axe and crampons.  Recent reports from climbers indicate that the East Face of Teewinot and the SW Couloir of the Middle Teton can be ascended without crampons. The Lower Saddle Patrol Hut and weather station have been taken down for the season. Seasonal fall weather can dramatically change these conditions at any time so pay attention to what the weather is doing day-to-day if planning an ascent in the high peaks.

Fall weather brings changing colors down low and snow & ice up high!

Climbers and hikers are reminded that fall brings changing conditions that they should be prepared to deal with, including:
  • Snow, ice and verglas in shaded areas, especially on north and west aspects above 10,000'
  • Freezing overnight temperatures
  • Shorter days - usable light only lasts until about 7:30 - 8:00 pm
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park.  Climbers and hikers can obtain backcountry camping permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose.

JENNY LAKE RANGER STATION CLOSED - SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is closed for the season.  Backcountry camping permits can be obtained at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose. Call 307-739-3309 for more information.  

As we move into fall, climbers and hikers should be prepared to deal with the changing conditions, including: 
  • snow, ice and verglas in shaded areas, especially on north and west aspects above 11,000 feet
  • freezing overnight temperatures.
  • shorter days - usable light only lasts until about 7:30 - 8:00 pm 
Also specific route condition updates will be limited as we move into fall and staffing is reduced to winter levels.  The HOMEPAGE will continue to provide updates on general conditions in the Teton Range throughout the year.

The Jenny Lake Ranger Station is
Backcountry camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. Permits are free and can be obtained year-round at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Moose and during the summer months at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Detailed information can be found in the links on the right.

All route condition information has been removed from this site for the winter season, however, the HOME PAGE will continue to provide periodic updates on general conditions in the Teton Range throughout the winter.

~The Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers