Forums Trip Reports TR: how to make a fiasco out of a big day, 8 easy steps
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  • #567597
    nomad
    288 Posts

    1. Avoid doing research and follow the summer route. The winter route will be much more direct and easier, but the long, icy, energy-zapping traverse will be so much fun. It’s also a few miles longer.

    2. Be cheap and print off small maps from the internet.

    3. Have no previous experience in the area

    4. In your delirium at 4am in the morning, don’t pay any attention to a brief sensation that you are going up the wrong drainage.

    5. Proceed up any couloir, even if it doesn’t really look right.

    6. Carry as much ice and trad gear as possible so as to make your pack as heavy as an overnight pack.

    7. Reach the top of the mountain, and look your intended mountain in the face. Say an expressive “oops!” or yell obscenities.

    8. Pout

    Yup, we went to try and ski the Grand Teton, and were shafted by our stupidity. Started at 11pm, got back to the car at 12 the next day, straight through. When I got back to my house at 7 pm on Sunday, I had been awake for over 30 hours, and promptly passed out.

    We ended up skiing from most of the way up Middle Teton, down the north side into the north fork drainage.

    Despite the fiasco, now we know what not to do, so hopefully next time we will have success. Skinning under the stars with the moon silhouetting the big peaks and listening to wolves/coyotes was worth all the effort. Oh, by the way, skinning all night really sucks.

    WSR, be glad you didn’t come on this one. We’re enough of a mess with only the two of us.

    We need a stairmaster like the Tetons around Bozeman. Nowhere around here to get that kind of vert quick.

    Sunrise

    booting up the couloir

    the happy face ~6000 ft above the parking lot

    view of the south teton

    people way below us

    kyle coming down

    Is that the ellingwood? Doesn’t really look worth the effort.

    Intended line up the grand

    grand in the background

    red is where we stopped, I booted up to the green dot to check things out. Not worth the effort to go up higher.

    #587263
    kyle christenson
    18 Posts

    Nomad booting up a steep unknown couloir

    Nomad’s first look at the Grand

    Nomad with Middle Teton in the background

    We will be back this season……………I hope.

    #587264
    lewmt
    570 Posts

    Holy Crap!

    Looking at the red/green dot pic it doesn’t look like there is a way to ride all the way to the bowl below? Did you guys have to climb down some of that?

    #587265
    Wyomingsplit_ride
    663 Posts

    Nice photos boys and way to get after it…even if you didn’t bag your goal. It always seems to take a few tries to get things dialed on big burly lines like that. Classic eight steps…classic. Thanks for sharing.

    #587266
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    You guys are animals. Did you use the climbing gear? Your ambition for big, steep lines is admirable. No doubt, I would have fallen asleep on the way home.

    Sometimes I wish I had two lives…one where I’m nomad and the other where I’m the loving husband, father, and provider that I am. 😆

    #587267
    Wyomingsplit_ride
    663 Posts

    @ecobrad wrote:

    Sometimes I wish I had two lives…one where I’m nomad and the other where I’m the loving husband, father, and provider that I am. 😆

    Bwa hahahahaha….I feel your pain Eco. I know that same feeling. 😀

    #587268
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    So how is little Meesha doing? From and old veteran dad, feel assured that it gets easier as they get out of the infant stage. My yougest is 9 months now and so she’s starting to laugh, hug, kiss…basically we’re getting a little reward for the grueling work.

    So for the highjack…Back to Nomad and Kyles rad report.

    #587269
    nomad
    288 Posts

    Feel free to hijack. I actually think hearing about your fam is more entertaining. You may not be able to get out as much as us, but you probably receive rewards we can’t even conceive of by having a family. Props to that.

    #587270
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    @nomad wrote:

    You may not be able to get out as much as us.

    True dat!!!

    @nomad wrote:

    you probably receive rewards we can’t even conceive of by having a family.

    and True dat as well.

    Life’s a bowl of compromises. I actually feel pretty luck with how much Im able to get out. We all know former partners, friends, etc. that completely gave up on shredding. LOSERS! I want to be an example to my kids by living a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle.

    #587271
    lifelinksplit
    282 Posts

    I getting sick of saying it, but… Damn! So you didn’t answer, did you guys have to down climb anything(i’m guessing not with you two)? I’m sure you guys will nail the intended goal soon enough.

    #587272
    dave
    100 Posts

    when nomad needed to borrow my crampons for the weeeknd i knew he had another big trip in mind.
    D: so, where ya headed?
    N: the tetons.
    D: where in the tetons?
    N: i can’t tell you. you’ll think i’m crazy.
    D: oh shit…. the grand?.
    N: hahaha 😈 yep.

    i know of a psychologist who you guys could see. let me know. 😯

    the eight requirements to follow nomad:
    proper equipment
    big muscles/stamina
    expert riding abilities
    climbing abilities
    desire (ask your psychologist for the definition)
    another partner
    missing a few screws (they’re not just loose, they’re gone)
    and realize you’ll never achieve the goal (his goals)

    that’s quite an accomplishment getting up there! nice work getting down too! 😉

    #587273
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Carry as much ice and trad gear as possible so as to make your pack as heavy as an overnight pack.

    What about silverware? Did ya pack that too?

    #587274
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    @nomad wrote:

    Carry as much ice and trad gear as possible so as to make your pack as heavy as an overnight pack.

    What about silverware? Did ya pack that too?

    #587275
    StaggerLee
    6 Posts

    Nice “epic” account. Regardless of the prep, they are never quite as do-able as you envision before you leave. Then the fatigue from carrying way too much gear, not enough sleep, and questionable routefinding take their toll…What’s even better is how much you miss it once your back at the car…Thanks for sharing your experience up there.

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