9.21.2012

Teewinot, The Tunnel Route (12,325).

For being a 5.6 climb, the tunnel route was one of the most adventurous climbs I have done in the Tetons. The route traverses the steep and crumbly north face of Teewinot through a series of extremely exposed ramps. No one we knew had done this climb, and routefinding was one of the biggest obstacles that my partner Scott and I faced. The air was cold, but our spirits were high as we carefully made our way through the rubble and finally into the sunlight and onto the summit.

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Fall beginning to show its colors high in the Tetons.



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The many summits of Teewinot.
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Scott passing the worshiper and the idol on a very smokey morning.
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Crossing the crooked thumb couloir. We didn't have ice axes so we slung a horn and rappelled it.
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Scott traversing part of the very exposed ramp system.
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 Scott finding his way through the loose rock.
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The daunting north face of the Grand Teton.
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Me on the summit of Teewinot.

-Story and photos by David Olsen

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