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Irene's Arete
Last week was a busy week. Our friend Cam was in town, and we wanted to show him a good time. On Wednesday, we climbed the Teton ultra-classic Irene's ArĂȘte. We got lucky with the weather, and my friends Cam, Chris and I made it up and down in good style. Thursday was our "rest day", and we decided to float down the snake river. On Friday, during the wee hours of the morning, Cam and I geared up to climb the Grand. We started hiking at 2:15 AM, and arrived at the base of the Petzoldt Ridge shortly after the sun came out. We kept nice pace, and summited via the Upper-Exum Ridge. We came down in good spirits and with sore legs. It was a great week in the Tetons!

Tetons in the clouds

Chris and Cam moving on up

Top of Irene's Arete

Coming down Disappointment Peak

The Spoon Couloir
SUP handstands

The Snake River

MK in a duckie

Surf Wyoming

Petzoldt Ridge

On top of the Grand Teton
Foggy approach to Irene's Arete

Chris leading on Irene's Arete


Margaritas, Moose and 'Merica

Hey there!
We have had a super busy week here in Jackson.  Between working, floating the river, climbing, interviewing, happy hours, beerbee, interning, cooking out, babysitting and essentially living the dream, we haven't gotten around to making any posts recently.  No worries! Today is a double post of our most recent climb and some 4th of July Snake River goodness.

The crowds of booze-loving, river-running, Americans at the put in
John and Camber

We had an amazing time with wonderful people floating the Snake River.  We had rafts and SUPs and duckies and a lot of beer. The rain held out until we were off the river and cleared up just in time for one seriously patriotic rooftop grill out/fireworks viewing party next to Snow King. I made us burgers and dogs and after discovering my natural knack for grilling, we (I) made some grilled fish and steak tacos two nights ago with some friends at the casa. 

John, Giles, MK, Chris, Camber, and David

John and Camber
David rocking some handstand yoga SUPing
David attempting something
fireworks at Snow King
It was a gorgeous night and we played beerbee outside in the backyard. We ended up making frozen maragaritas which could have possibly been a bad idea since David and I had to wake up the following morning at 5:30 to catch the first boat across Jenny Lake for some climbing.

We made the first boat, in rough shape, and climbed the super fun 6 pitches on Guide's Wall.  David's co-worker Laura joined us.  We managed to be the first ones and the first ones off the climb making our go easy and exciting (probably not so much for the 4 parties behind us). The two pitches, David linked together, so there was a bit of a communication issue; that being we couldn't hear each other at all.  Two other parties started leading from a different variation on the final pitch which caused the mother of all traffic jams with 4 people climbing in one 50 foot stretch of beautiful Teton granite.  We were already on the route, David leading, me cleaning and Laura following on a separate rope.  I was less concerned with my hand jams and foot placements and more focused on the guy above me, praying his foot wouldn't slip and his 180 pound body end up taking me with him in his fall.  I found a good resting spot and held back until the guys were finished leading then high tailed it up the last 30 feet or so before their followers had a chance to get going. 

Laura on Guide's Wall

David belaying

The rappels were nice, either bolted or from solid trees, and combining our 60m and 70m ropes, we made it down in no time at all.  On our hike back down Cascade Canyon, we saw a moose hanging out and drinking some water in the little marsh areas. 

Cascade Canyon

Mr. Moose

We made the boat and were back in Jackson for some 1/2 off wings and drinks at happy hour! 


Dramatic Mode

This weekend, we decided to stay in Jackson. We have off work for the 4th of July and the weather seems relatively nice for our little three day break.  Today, our first weekend day, we decided to climb No Perches Necessary in the park with our friend Scott.  It's a fun 2-pitch 5.9 with easy belays and bolted anchors and you get to take the Jenny Lake Boat across. Basically a casual afternoon climb.

There was already a group of climbers on the route when we arrived. There were three of them and two of the party were completely inexperienced.  We tried to help as much as possible to get them moving and save some time, but ultimately decided to attempted a random arete on the south side of the pillar.

David led up this unnamed/unclimbed (first ascent?????) route on the arete to the left of No Perches Necessary. Scott followed him up as they set an anchor at the end of the first pitch.  They then linked up with the top of the second pitch of No Perches Necessary and rapped down.  I hopped on the other group's rope once they managed to all get down, and climbed the first pitch of the route.

 Over all, the day was fun and exciting and HOT! There are fires in Idaho right now that have pushed some hot haze into the valley, trapping a little bit of heat in our Hole.
It is really nice to be in town for some of our days and actually enjoy Jackson.  With the 4th coming up, we wanted to be around to experience all the fun free concerts and float the river with our friends.

And get on some alpine trad.

Next week, we're leaving again and heading to Lander for the climbing festival!  Check back with us next Friday for an update :)

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