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MONSOONAL MOISTURE RETURNS - August 13, 2014

The monsoonal flow has crept back up to the Tetons from the Southwest bringing with it lightning, thunder and heavy rains. Unlike the classic afternoon mountain thunderstorms that you can set your watch to, these storms can occur anytime of day. Keep your eye to the sky and choose your climbing objectives accordingly. This past week a few storms brought graupel and snowflakes to the higher elevations. This precip didn't stick around but if temperatures start dropping, verglas conditions may develop.

Many popular Teton routes are finally snow free but a few stubborn patches still linger and ice axes  are recommended for approaches like Garnet's South Fork. (Crampons depending on the temps and time of day.)

The time is ripe for climbing alpine routes before the first real snowstorm hits. Weekends have been particularly busy on popular routes. Perfect time to check out some of the Teton's lesser traveled routes! There are hundreds to choose from and so many good ones.

With crowding in mind, please do what you can to minimize the number of vehicles at trail heads. Parking is tight this time of year.

The Grand Teton's East Face from Disappointment Peak