Veteran Expeditions Summits Grand Teton on 9/11/11
[Update. November 1, 2011: Team member Chad Butrick recently sent the AAC a link to his blog which features a great trip report from this expedtion up the Grand. Check it out!]
A team from Veterans Expeditions, with support by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, summited the Grand Teton on September 11, 2011. Through a partership with the AAC, the VetEx group was provided with free lodging at the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch, during which they spent a day learning rope work and climbing basics. The next day, the team climbed to JHMG’s High Camp at 11,000 feet. The summit push began at 3:15am on Sept. 11th, and as the sun rose, they found themselves high on the peak. After some technical, roped climbing and class four scrambling, the entire party reached the summit. Holding an American flag, the group posed for a summit photo and paused to reflect. At 13,775 feet, the view of what they fought for was pretty grand.
Veterans Expeditions was formed in March 2010 by veterans Stacy Bare and Nick Watson, and is based in Boulder, Colorado. They’ve held several trips since their founding, and many more are in the works. Check out their website for more info: www.vetexpeditions.com. Numerous sponsors, including the AAC, support VetEx with gear donations and logistical support. Remember, AAC Members receive discounted rates at the Ranch, and JHMG’s offer discounted rates as well. Get to the Tetons and get out there!
Watch the VetEx video of the climb (put together by JHMG’s).
Sources: Jackson Hole News&Guide, vetexpeditions.com
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