Post by Peter Bakwin on Aug 22, 2016 20:58:47 GMT -5
Nick Elson, 6h30m49s, August 13, 2016
The Grand Traverse is a traverse of ten of the Grand Teton’s range most important summits. The starting elevation in the valley floor is 6,700'. The summit elevations in order are: Teewinot 12,324'; Mount Owen 12,928'; the Grand Teton 13,770'; Middle Teton 12,804'; South Teton 12,514' Cloudveil Dome 12,026' Nez Perce 11,901'. The cumulative elevation gain is about 12,000' with difficulties up to YDS 5.8, the length about 14 miles.
The first ascent of the Grand Traverse from south to north was by Allen Steck, Dick Long and John Evans in 1963 in just over 21 hours. In 1988 the Traverse was done by Alex Lowe in 8h15m, and in 2001 Rolando Garibotti set the speed record for completing the entire traverse in 6h47m. Garibotti’s record stuck for 15 years until it was beaten on August 13, 2016, when Nick Elson did the Traverse in 6h30m49s. adventure-journal.com has an excellent short article on the accomplishment.
Please don't die! - roped climber to Nick Elson on the Grand Traverse