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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.