Day 116 – Hiking the Tetons Day 3 of 4

Today I went up to the Middle Teton. The elevation gain was just over 3,000 feet and the distance was somewhere around 5-6 miles. I stayed low in the canyon and it made a huge difference. I got to the saddle much quicker than the day prior and with a lot less effort. It’s amazing how just a few trajectory changes can alter the hike so gravely. When I got to the top I had company, Jake and Marian. They were a little in front of me when I was climbing up and met them at the top. We spoke a while at the top and they eventually descended since they had to make it all the way down to the parking lot whereas I only had to go half that distance back to my tent. I took some pictures once they left and continued to snack. Shortly after I was…

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Day 117 – Hiking the Tetons Day 4 of 4

I woke up today with zero desire to hike or eat. I was much more tired than at the end of yesterday’s hike. I forced myself to have some mashed potatoes  before packing up camp and heading out. The day was cloudy and it was misting on and off. That made navigating the boulder fields much more difficult. About an hour into the hike all fatigue had lifted and I was actually feeling quite spry. I felt so good that once I had cleared the talus field and was on a well manicured trail, I wound up jogging a little bit. The hike down was just a formality and soon enough I was by one of the lower overlooks. By the time I got down I was famished. I quickly changed into some clean clothes and got myself a bison burger with sweet potato fries. YUM! When I turned on…

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Day 118 – Rest day

Today I rested most of the day and feverishly munched on the groceries I bought yesterday. I also checked out the local library and what a beautiful state of the art library it was. There were cozy couches, computer terminals, desks, meeting rooms, and they had an interesting exhibit on Yellowstone. The selection of books, movies, and music was large despite the fact that Jackson has about 10,000 people living there. I hung out there for a little while writing until I received a message from a friend back home. I left the library to give him a call and got a text from Jake. Jake is the gentleman that I met on the top of middle teton. I gave Jake a call first and we agreed to meet up tomorrow for a climb at a local crag. As it turned out he lived next to the library and could…

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Day 119 – Climbing at Darby Canyon

In the afternoon I knew I would be climbing with Jake so I spent most of my day writing at starbucks today. I made some calls to friends and family back home and did a little brushing up on rappelling and creating anchors in preparation for today’s climb. Jake and I met up at around 3pm and headed to darby canyon. The drive there was relatively short, less than an hour from Jackson. We got to the crag and headed down the trail to the rock face. Jake led the first route and after climbing a bit, I asked if I could lead an easy route. To my delight Jake let me. I had led inside a gym before but not outside. I didn’t find it too different. Outside it’s a two step process of attaching a quick draw and then attaching the rope whereas in a gym the quickdraw…

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Day 120 – Climbing at Lizard Rocks

Today I woke up late and decided to check out Teton Village. Aside from the fact that I could use one of the public bathrooms and fill up on water, there was really nothing there of interest for me. There was a tram that took you to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and costs $35 one way. I found this price semi extortionary so I did not take the ride up. From there I went back to starbucks to write a bit and quickly left to go buy some chord at Teton mountaineering for today’s climb. I met up with Jake and he gifted me a box of Lara bars that he had. I thought that was a supremely kind gesture. About 1.5hrs drive we arrived at the trial to lizard rocks. We hiked 10 minutes or so to the north buttress where we set up for our climb. We climbed…

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