Upon making a reservation you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Please read all of the information and verify that the activities and dates listed match your plans (only the first date of multi-day activities is listed). If you have made reservations for others, it is very important that you provide each member of your party with a copy of the email message and all attachments. If you prefer, you can contact us with addresses and we will send packets to each member of your party.
All participants must thoroughly read and sign our Acknowledgement of Risk form. If you are bringing a minor child that is not your own, you must arrange for this form to be read and signed by a parent or legal guardian of the minor child before you arrive. Please call us if you have questions regarding this requirement. A separate Acknowledgement of Risk form is required for each participant. A completed Registration Form is also required for all participants, however all immediate family members may be included on one form.
It is very important that you call the office 2-3 days prior to your first activity to reconfirm all dates, locations and times.
We will teach you the technical skills you need to climb, however you must be in good physical condition to get the most out of your experience. Climbing the Grand Teton (or any high peak) is a physically demanding endeavor and we recommend a progressive training program. Please review the Grand Teton training page. It is important for you to know that Grand Teton climbers must qualify for the climb in the Level II school. The two reasons that someone might not qualify are 1) the inability to perform the skills required and 2) a lack of aerobic conditioning. It is rare for someone to be disqualified due to technical ability, however several times each season climbers are disqualified because they are not in good enough physical condition to attempt the climb. We don’t want you to be disappointed so please be prepared. It is important for you to understand that there are no refunds if you do not qualify for the climb.
In June and early July conditions in the Tetons may necessitate that you take a one-day snow school prior to climbing to the top of a peak. It may also be necessary to maintain a smaller climber to guide ratio on climbs because of mixed snow, ice and rock on the routes. Please keep this in mind when you make your plans and be sure to contact us in advance if you have any questions.
Our office is located at South Jenny Lake inside Grand Teton National Park. Our schools are held either at the Hidden Falls area near Jenny Lake or at Teton Village. When you call to reconfirm we will tell you where your school is scheduled and provide directions and meeting times.
You will need to arrange for your own transportation to and from all of your activities. Public transportation in the area is limited, time-consuming, and expensive. Due to the distances you will need to travel and the unpredictable finish times, we recommend renting a car for the duration of your stay in the Jackson area. Exum employees CANNOT provide transportation under any circumstances.
Exum will provide all technical equipment (harness, helmet and ropes). You must provide all personal equipment, appropriate shoes (these can be rented at Exum or at local stores), clothing and food. Please review the enclosed equipment list carefully. It is imperative that you bring ALL items listed as essential for the activities you have planned. Weather on the high peaks may be extremely variable with thunderstorms, wind, rain and possibly snow. You must have clothing that can be layered and that keeps you warm and dry. Your safety, enjoyment and success depend on your having the correct clothing and equipment.
If you will be renting shoes from us please keep in mind that we cannot reserve shoes. We have plenty of shoes in stock, but if you have unusually large or small feet, we recommend that you call or visit our office the day before you begin your activities to make sure that we can accommodate you. If you wish, you may come to our office the day before your activities begin to try on shoes. You may take them with you that day, and you will not be charged a rental fee for the day you pick them up.
You will meet at the designated location for your scheduled activity. You will have to pay the park entrance fee even if your activity with Exum is the only thing you will do inside the park. It is very important that you arrive on time so please allow enough time for travel from wherever you are staying. Speed limits in the park are low to protect the wildlife and visitors, and rangers ticket offenders regularly. We want your entire experience here to be positive so please do not speed. As stated previously, once you arrive and meet your guide you will be required to complete a registration form, and read and sign an Acknowledgement of Risk form. It is important that you read and consider it carefully before signing.
The balance due for your instruction and/or climbs will be collected on your first day of climbing. Please keep in mind that if you have reserved a Grand Teton climb, the total cost of your classes and the climb will be charged and is non-refundable once your activities begin.
Grand Teton: The Grand Teton climbs fill very early in the year. It is difficult, and often impossible to fill spaces as the summer approaches. Because of this, our cancellation policy is strict. Once your reservation has been processed, there is a $50 cancellation fee per reservation if you cancel prior to May 1st. Cancellations between May 1st and May 31st will be charged a $200 cancellation fee per person, and if you cancel your scheduled climb on or after June 1st, the entire deposit (for all climbers) will be forfeited. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance as there will be no exceptions to this policy regardless of the reason for cancellation. We recommend TravelGuard as a provider of trip insurance.
Other multi-day activities: Cancellations made with 7 or more days notice will be charged a $100 cancellation fee per person. The full deposit will be forfeited for cancellations within 7 days of the scheduled activity.
One-day private activities: Cancellations with more than 48 hours notice will be charged a $50 cancellation fee per reservation. Your entire deposit is forfeited for cancellations within 48 hours (maximum $300).
Level I/Level II/Snow School: Cancellations with more than 48 hours will be charged $25 per reservation. Your entire deposit will be forfeited for cancellations within 48 hours.
You may change your Grand Teton or other multi-day climb dates (within the current season), but only before June 1st, and only if space is available. If we are unable to schedule your trip within the same season, the appropriate cancellation fee will apply. Again, we strongly recommend trip insurance. Changes for all other activities can be made as long as space is available and a minimum of 24 hours notice is provided.
When you arrive at our office you will be asked to complete a registration form that includes a medical questionnaire. The information on this form is only for use in the event of an accident or injury, so please do not withhold any information. Exum employees are not qualified to evaluate medical conditions. If you have any condition, illness or injury, or if you are taking any medication which might be of concern we strongly recommend that you obtain medical advice from a qualified physician prior to participation.
You can fly into Jackson Hole (about 15 minutes from our office), Idaho Falls, Idaho (about three hours from our office) or Salt Lake City (about 6 hours from Jackson). Since the return time from climbing will depend on many factors we ask that you not schedule your departure flight until the day after your climb. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to make a flight on the evening that you complete climbing, and we cannot be responsible for any missed flights.
Please call us at (307) 733-2297 if you have any questions. The best time to reach us during the summer season is between 10:30 and 4:00 Mountain Time, seven days a week. During these hours, we are not sending out or welcoming back schools and climbs. If you reach our voice mail, we will return your call as soon as possible. In the off season, the best time to reach us is between 10:00am and 2:00pm Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. Again, if you do not reach us, please leave us a message so that we can call you back.