Towering above Jackson Hole at 13,770 feet, the Grand Teton is one of North America’s most famous and coveted summits. A climb on this iconic peak is never easy, and a successful ascent is a memorable achievement.
The Classic Grand Teton program is our signature program – and it’s what sets Exum apart from all other guide services. In 2 days of group instruction, participants are taught all of the skills necessary to fully participate during their Grand Teton climb. Each participant is an integral part of the climbing team, resulting in a heightened sense of accomplishment and an unforgettable bond with your fellow climbers and guides.
Most of our climbers have never climbed prior to their first day of instruction, and by the end of the second day, most are comfortable with all of the skills necessary to attempt the Grand Teton climb. All Grand Teton climbers must successfully complete the classes prior to the climb.
Guides will form the Grand Teton climbing teams after the second day of instruction. Classic climbs travel at a pace that is comfortable for the slowest member of the group, but keep in mind that we will only let climbers join a group if we feel their pace will allow for a successful climb.
The route to be climbed on summit day will be chosen by the guide based on group ability, weather, and other considerations. There are many ways to climb the Grand Teton and all are an incredible experience. We recommend the classic Grand Teton program for all novice or intermediate climbers. If however, you are concerned about climbing at a pace other than your own, or the very small chance that another participant could prevent you from reaching the summit, you should consider a private climb. Experienced climbers typically enjoy private climbs where the route can be chosen to match their experience level.
Exum has guided thousands of climbers to the summit of the Grand Teton since we became a park concession in 1931. We have a remarkable success rate! The Grand Teton climb will likely be the hardest thing you’ve ever done, but if you arrive fit, and ready for the adventure, our guides can teach you what you need to know in order to attempt the climb. We are committed to providing all climbers with an enjoyable experience and the summit is always our goal. It is important to realize though, that weather and other factors can occasionally prevent groups from reaching the top.
Climbing the Grand Teton is an unforgettable and often life-changing experience! Please call our office to discuss your climbing plans with one of our knowledgeable office staff members. We have all enjoyed climbing the Grand Teton multiple times, and we can describe the climb for you far better than we can write about it here.