Somehow Jared, Andy, and I were all free on Tuesday so off we went. The first two people we talked to in Jackson added fuel to the fire. #1, the cop who pulled Jared over for speeding. After lawyering his way out of ticket Jared was asked what our plans were. He said to attempt a speed ascent of the Grand. The cop laughed, said yeah right, and walked away. #2, some guide we met at the trailhead. The first thing he said in a condescending tone was, "you're too late." The next thing was, "two tools, two whippets? That's 4 tools! What?!" The next I heard as (not even close to a direct quote), "nice tights, you guys are idiots, I'm a guide, I know a lot." With that fresh in our minds we started jogging the flats and fast hiking any ups on the way to the meadows. We planned on dividing the day into 3 parts; 1:20 to the meadows, 1:20 to Glencoe, 1:20 to the summit.
1:16 at the meadows had us skinning on variable snow up to Glencoe. After swapping leads about half way up the Tepee, we decided to start taking the booting the 5 people who left before us had kindly put in, thanks! We decided not to take it lower down since we normally prefer to skin but the warm temps and the morning sun had done some damage to the Tepee.
|The boys heading to Glencoe Col|
|Andy looking fresh|
|Jared "skiing" off the summit|
|Skiing off the summit. Photo by Andy|
|Andy and Jared in the Chevy|
|Sweaty, in tights, and content|