The Tetons, WY

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Chicks is going alpine climbing and our first stop is Grand Teton National Park. The Teton Alpine Camp is the perfect stepping-stone to take your rock and ice climbing into the bigger world of the mountains, or experience climbing in the mountains for the first time.  Our programs are designed for beginner to advanced climbers, as well as for those with some mountaineering experience.  We split into small groups (max. 3:1) according to skill levels to maximize your learning.  You’ll get instruction and guidance from some of the best and highly trained alpine guides.  In our small all-women’s groups, you will learn about travelling on steep snow and ice, crampon technique, ice axe use, and how to self-arrest with your awesome Chicks Guides.  You’ll learn rope skills for the mountains, including rappelling and belaying in an alpine context.  You’ll practice how to move efficiently from complex terrain, ascending and descending in 4th class rock terrain.  Then, we will put all our mountain skills together and climb beautiful alpine routes high above the valley.

“The Tetons are the kind of archetypal mountains that etch themselves on your memory. Reminiscent of the Alps’ craggy outline, these granite peaks form a stunning, jagged skyline that rises abruptly off the sagebrush flats of the Snake River Plain”, according to Molly Loomis who wrote of her climbing experience for the Boston Globe.  In fact, it was in the Tetons that the earliest American alpinists came to test and hone climbing skills learned in the Alps.  The variety of technical terrain in such a small mountain range is unparalleled and offers a unique learning environment.

With the exception of the first two nights and the night after this course, which we spend at the AAC Climbers Ranch, we base this event at the Exum Hut, located at 11,600’ on the Lower Saddle at the head of the North Fork of Garnett Canyon under the Grand Teton. All camping, as well as group climbing gear, will already be at the hut – which enables us to hike into and out of the Lower Saddle with light packs.  All breakfasts and dinners will be prepared – allowing you more time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie and scenery.  In this scenario, with our safe and supportive alpine guides, you will be primed to expand your repertoire of skills, which will open opportunities for adventures to come.

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What’s Included:

  • 4 days guided climbing and instruction
  • 3:1 ratio participants to guides
  • 3 nights rustic hostel-style lodging at the AAC Climbers Ranch in GTNP
  • 2 nights at the Exum Hut on the Lower Saddle
  • Demo gear (bring your own boots if you have them)
  • Meals (breakfasts and dinners)
  • Sponsor Gift Bags

What’s Not Included:

  • Trip Insurance
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Park Entry fee of $25 per car

WHEN:

June 29- July 3, 2017

PRICING:

Teton Alpine Camp – $1,699

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS:

Teton Travel & Logistics

What to Bring List


Proposed Itinerary

Day 1: June 29

Plan to arrive in Jackson in the early afternoon (so you have time for grocery shopping, get your snacks and lunches, etc.). GTNP is 40 min north of town.

3:00 pm: Opening meeting / Orientation at the Climber’s Ranch in GTNP. Group dinner and demo gear handed out.


Day 2: June 30     

7:00 – 7:30 am: Group Breakfast at the Climber’s Ranch

8:00 am: Meet at the Exum Office and head to Hidden Falls for Mountaineering School. Bring a small pack, lunch, snacks, and water, as well as rain gear.

5:00 pm: Return to the Climber’s Ranch, rest up and shower

6:00 pm: Group dinner at the Climber’s Ranch plus demo on how to pack for the next 3 days


Day 3: July 1         

7:00 – 7:30 am: Group Breakfast at the Climber’s Ranch

 8:00 am: Depart from the Climber’s Ranch geared up to make the approach to the Lower Saddle. We will give you a share of the group food to carry in your pack. Snow school en route.

5:00 pm: Arrive at the Lower Saddle and get settled in the Exum Hut.


Day 4: July 2

4:30 – 5:00 am: Breakfast

5:30 am: Depart Exum Hut geared up for Alpine Climb

3:30 pm: Return to High Camp 

5:30 pm: Dinner at the Exum Hut


Day 5: July 3

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast at the Exum Hut

8:00 am: Depart for short climbing route or skills practise (or Weather make-up)

12:00 pm: Leave Lower Saddle and descend to the Climber’s Ranch

4:30 pm: Closing Ceremony at the Climber’s Ranch. Return Demo and Rental Gear.

Dinner on your own this night and time to explore the town of Jackson or Moose. Lodging at the Climber’s Ranch is included. If you are travelling home on this night, plan to leave after 6 pm, otherwise check-out time the next morning is 10:00 am.


CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: 

All requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing.  Chicks requires full payment at the time of booking for all programs, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days, full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days, 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days, no refund no transfer of payments.

*Travel insurance is required for all International Trips and is strongly recommended for US programs as well.In the event you have an unexpected life occurrence and need to cancel it will help you recover your payment. Chicks works with an agent who is familiar with our programs and travel insurance needs. Please contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870.