Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?
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Climbing Wyoming’s Grand Teton is the challenge of a lifetime

Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

Author Jeff Greenwald takes a selfie: “We’ll take what we get and make the most of it.”

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is one high mountain to climb

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. — Jeff Greenwald’s first training hike was the steep, rocky trail leading to Timberline Lake, at 10,300 feet.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is one high mountain to climb

Taggart Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

Mules Ears along the trail to Garnet Canyon, en route to the Lower Saddle Trail.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. — Ellen Gallant descends from a short roped training climb. Short, steep cliffs and boulders train at every level of climbing skill.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is one high mountain to climb

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. — With Brenton Reagan below, the author tries to negotiate an overhand. A cake walk for practiced climbers but challenging for a beginner.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. — The approach to the Saddle weaves up Garnet Canyon, gaining near a vertical mile in elevation.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. —  Helmets and sleeping bags are stowed, and climbers eat a quick breakfast before their ascent.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is one high mountain to climb

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. — The Exum Quonset hut atop the Saddle. Climbers pack in like sardines, awakening at about 4 a.m. for coffee and their attempt at the Grand. The peak in the background is the Middle Teton Glacier.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is one high mountain to climb

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. — Three elated summitters (physician Ellen Gallant in foreground) salute victory atop the Grand. Photograph by Aaron Diamond.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. — A full day’s descent down the Garnet Canon Trail (six to eight hours) brings us back to Grand Tetons National Park, with its beautiful lakes and pine forests.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

GRAND TETONS, Wyo. —  Brenton Reagan, an Exum Grand Teton guide and expert climbing, shows the author and others the ropes for a practice rappel off a sheer cliff.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

 Sunrise over the eastern ridge of the Grand Teton.

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

Grand Teton National Park

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Wyoming’s Grand Teton is a challenge, but was it feasible?

The morning sun hits the tips of the Grand Tetons.

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