Wednesday, September 8, 2010

West Face Enclosure, Grand Teton, WY

Alex Stroud and I recently climbed the West Face of the Enclosure, a sub-peak of the Grand Teton, WY. We left the Valhalla traverse soon after the Black Rock and began traversing the West Face.

(Vallhalla Traverse is visible 1000 ft. below Alex)
Soon after a low pressure system moved through the Tetons, we headed to the Lower Saddle which is located at the top of Garnet Canyon. The melt-freeze cycle was in full effect and we enjoyed lots of sun on the hike in. The South-facing rock was completely dry, however, the North and West aspects had become vertical winter playgrounds!
Our rack included a set of Camalots to #2, 1 set of stoppers, 4 express ice screws, two tools, and horizontal front-point crampons. I placed 14 ice screws on the West face.
Amazing mixed climbing on the entire spectrum of frozen water (powder snow, snice, water ice, alpine ice, resident glacier ice) and increasingly higher quality gneiss.

Alex exits an awkward squeeze onto the Enclosure summit ridge.

Cumbre a muerte!


Ty Gittins said...

looks sick!!!! mucho steep

micheldon said...

you two are rad, and am so happy you got to send together! i love you guys!