Cathedral Traverse

“I’d better do this before I get too old!” That was my logic several months ago when I decided to commit to doing the Cathedral Traverse. The Cathedral Traverse is a climb of the three peaks that make up the Cathedral Group in the Tetons. The route starts by climbing up the East Face of Teewinot and climbing across a ridge to the top of Mt Owen. You then cross the ridge between Mt Owen and the Grand Teton. Finally you are placed to climb the Grand Teton by one of the North Ridge routes. The descent takes you off the south side of the Grand and back to your starting point through Garnet Canyon.

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Jessi and Shane’s 2013 Wyoming Roadtrip

Jessi and I have taken a number of road trips over the years. This year’s trip was back to Wyoming. One could make a long list of you-know-your-in-Wyoming-when jokes, but we knew we were in Wyoming when be began to see ‘dirve-thru’ liquor stores attached to gas stations. The incongruance of this convenience seems to be lost on most Wyomingites.

You know your in Wyoming when the gas stations have 'drive-thru' liquor stores.

You know your in Wyoming when the gas stations have ‘drive-thru’ liquor stores.

The major highlight of the trip was a backpacking trip in the Tetons. This has become somewhat of a tradition with us. In 2002 we paddled up String and across Leigh Lake to climb Mount Moran. A few year’s later we took the Jackson Hole Resort tram to the top and headed back into Granite canyon for a couple of days of backpacking in the rain. For this trip we headed up Garnet Canyon and camped at the Meadows.The Meadows is one of several sites climbers use a a base camp for climbing in the Tetons. Continue reading

New Year’s Skiing in Wyoming

We decided to spend New Year’s in Wyoming at the Homestead and do some skiing. We drove to Afton in about ten hours, but on good roads in clear weather.

Stormy driving near Granger Wyoming

Stormy driving near Granger Wyoming

When we arrived the furnace had gone out in the Afton Homestead. It was a cool 38 degrees in the house when we arrived. It took most of the night to heat up the house, but we woke up the next morning to a clear cold Wyoming winter. For the next to days we took it easy at the house with ski touring up Swift Creek in the afternoons.

Stormy by the old sawmill

Stormy by the old sawmill

Shane on Swift Creek Road

Shane on Swift Creek Road

Shane and StormyOn January second we drove to the park and did another ski tour up Cottonwood Creek. We ended up making a big circle arriving at the AAC Climber’s Ranch in time for some wine and cheese just before the sun dipped behind the mountains.

Stormy in the Tetons.

Stormy in the Tetons.

A toast to the New Year at the Climber's Ranch

A toast to the new year at the Climber’s Ranch

We checked into the Alpenhof that evening and spent the next two days skiing at Jackson Hole. No new snow, but good snow coverage so just about everything is open. Not enough snow to encourage Shane to ski Corbet’s Coulior, but enough to encourage him to ski Coomb’s run on the Headwall.

Shane at the top of the tram with the Grand Teton in the background

Shane at the top of the tram with the Grand Teton in the background

Skier's hiking up to the top of the Headwall. It was a group from Winter Park training for competition.

Skiers hiking up to the top of the Headwall. It was a group from Winter Park training for competition.

Stormy and Shane at the top of the tram!

Stormy and Shane at the top of the tram!

We just had a great dinner of nacho’s and beer. Tomorrow it’s back to the real world.

More photos of the trip are on our gallery or if you have Flash installed you’ll see a slideshow below.