North American Classic Climbs

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Grand Teton

North Ridge

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A route with a great history. Moderate technically, but a sizeable adventure nonetheless. Conditions can affect the difficulty radically, and the Valhalla traverse on the approach may well be the crux of the trip. Crampons and an ice axe are mandatory for the approach! Descent is via the standard (Owens/Spalding) route on the south side, so you will do half of a circumnavigation of the mountain if starting from the Lower Saddle.


Alpine Mixed




Grand Teton Nat'l Park, Wyoming, USA



G14, I1, W4


IV, 5.7+


Route Descriptions & Maps:

USGS topographic map, overall USGS topographic map, detailed

First Ascent:

R. Underhill, F. Fryxell, July 19, 1931


Trip Reports:

Clark 9/92