The beginning of this trip looked grim. It was the first week in June and a storm system had moved into Northwestern Wyoming. On the day that TeleTim and I had decided to leave for the Skillet Glacier we awoke to four inches of fresh:
We decided to head over Togwotee Pass and into the Tetons to see if this trip would be a go or no go. I had been told that if it is snowing on the Skillet Glacier that it is really not the place to be due to hazards (45-50 degree couloir). As luck had it, the weather gods gave us a little bit of slack. We decided to paddle across Jackson Lake and at least camp on the glacier. Notice the top of Mount Moran in the clouds. This would be the case for the entire trip.
The paddle across the lake was beautiful. Glassy waters and stunning views. Maybe the trip was still a go:
We quickly unloaded the canoe and started bushwhacking toward Mount Moran and snowline to set up camp. Our line would be lookers left of the rock island and up the couloir known as the handle of the Skillet:
We got to a level spot on the glacier and decided that we had climbed enough for the day. Time to set up camp and assess the conditions and have a shot of Jack Daniels to settle the nerves: