Last Saturday Andy, Fabrikant, and I went back to the Tetons for the second time in five days. The previous trip was shut down by blazing temps which turned the snow pack into dangerous slush. This time the weather had cooled off considerably so we figured wet slides won't be an issue. Only problem was the foot of new snow the higher peaks got on Saturday...
We pulled into the Jackson Motel 6 at 5PM Saturday evening with our bags packed and ready to go. Amazingly we were all asleep by 7 and didn't wake up until our alarm went off at midnight. The plan was to summit Teewinot at sun up and keep going.
Someone was kind enough to put a booter in all the way up the east face. Unfortunately for us they took a wrong turn up a chute that dead ended on a rock band. It was still dark and we didn't really want to pull ropes out to climb into unknown territory so we down climbed the booter for 500-1000 feet before we could head back up the correct way. While traipsing around the east face we ran into isolated areas of wind/sluff affected snow with minimal slab on top (1-3 inches). Normally I don't think I would have been overly concerned but for some reason I couldn't stop thinking about the worst case senario. Maybe it was seeing Jared getting flushed on Superior the other week. Maybe it's the lack of steep skiing this year. Maybe it was actually dangerous. Whatever it was, I felt scared.
|Andy and Adam down climbing|
|Fabrikant getting a better look at the Hossack-McGowan from the summit of Teewinot|
|Fabrikant leading the way|