Photo of Grand Teton / Mt. Owen / Teton Glacier - 7/12/12Summer conditions in the Tetons. Many routes no longer require an ice axe, such as the Exum and Owen Spalding Routes on the Grand, Irene's Arete, Symmetry Spire, etc... An ice axe is still recommended for other areas however; check the individual route pages for details.
Conditions are melting out on the Grand Teton. The fixed rope is now melted out on the Lower Saddle Headwall. No ice axe necessary for the OS or Exum routes. Some other areas of the range have melted out as well. Check the individual route condition pages for more information.
Climbers should also be aware that the weather is forecast to change significantly starting on Thursday with the arrival of some monsoonal moisture from the southwest. This will greatly increase the chance of severe afternoon thunderstorms across the Teton Range. Climbers should pay close attention to the weather and be prepared for these storms.