Now with a 14 year old son of my own the time has come to indoctrinate the next generation with the gospel of the Teton Range. His first experience had to be expedition style, not the fast and light way I have grown accustomed. So last Friday we loaded our Ospreys with over-night necessities and with permit in hand Alex and I headed for the Meadows at the base of the mountain we would ascend, the Middle Teton. The hike in was nice, a bit hot but beautiful with wild flowers all around us. Alex with a full pack hiked strong, arriving at the Meadows in less than 2.5 hours. The Meadows unfortunately has become a busy place, but we were able to find a great spot. As the sun tucked itself behind the hulking Middle Teton, we ended our day.
|Alex and his objective, is he happy?|
|Alex and the boulders|
Up the Southwest Couloir we went, through the shooting gallery of loose rock and then up to the Summit, arriving at 722 AM. The setting opened his eyes quickly as the north and east aspects of the summit block fall away precipitously. He immediately sized up the Grand which was now staring him down. Looks like we have a trip planned for next year. I was so proud of him!
|Alex on the last snowfield|
|Alex in the shooting gallery of Southwest|
|Alex, Summit Middle Teton!!|
|Old man and the 14 year old, and the GT- self portrait as no one was around yet|
|Bundled up Alex!|
|Alex cautiously moving off the top, Middle's shadow background|
On the descent we practiced more self arrest techniques on the snowfields, as we watched folks with out helmets move by us. We even got to see one guy that was using a knife instead of a ice axe.
|Alex and Shoulder of South Teton|
|Proud Father for sure|