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New Routes in the Tetons

Posted on: October 1st, 2009 by admin


Landon Wiedenmann at the third belay of Training Wheels, a new mixed variation to the Visionquest Couloir on the Grand Teton. Photo courtesy of Paul Rachele.

AAC members have taken advantage of good late-season conditions to climb two new routes in the Tetons. In August, Paul Rachele and Landon Wiedenman noticed a new smear of ice on the Enclosure, to the right of the Visionquest Couloir, a climb that branches right from the famous Black Ice Couloir on the Grand Teton. The two returned and climbed a four-pitch mixed variation, which they called Training Wheels because it was their first new route and it demanded techniques they’d never used before! Read more about their climb here, and see their photos here.

In early September, Mark Givens and Joel Kauffman climbed a beautiful new rock route on the south side of Death Canyon. The Alien Wall (IV 5.10-) climbs to the left of the 1987 route Predator, established by Jim Donini and Jack Tackle. Givens, a guide for Exum in the Tetons, said this was probably the first new multipitch free route on the south side of Death Canyon in more than 20 years. Click here to check out Givens’ account of the climb and lots of photos.

All four climbers are members of the AAC.

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