The boys came out highly motivated to climb on real rock and the mission was accomplished!!! Thomas, Stevie, and Wyatt all got to the top of the 5.6 toprope climb in Curtis Canyon. It was the first time on rock for all three of them. Andy, our dedicated volunteer, was a great coach and motivator. All three boys are now officially ROCK CLIMBERS!!!!
It’s one of the “must do”activities for people visiting Grand Teton National Park- the boat ride across Jenny Lake and the hike to Hidden Falls. The scenery is amazing and the short hike through woods and over streams ends at the base of Hidden Falls. TAS recently invited some old friends and new acquaintances from Star Valley on this outing to the park- a great introduction to the Tetons and TAS. Thanks for joining us!
51 year old blind athlete Nancy Stevens recently accomplished the 1st female blind ascent of the Grand Teton. After 2 days of training at the Exum practice site at Hidden Falls, and an approach day that led to a night camping on the lower saddle , Nancy, accompanied by TAS’s Ryan Burke, Exum Mountain Guides Jessica Baker, Brendan Burns, Dana Larkin, and 2 of Nancy’s friends, summited the Grand Teton via the Owen-Spalding route. “It was so much more than I thought it would be” exclaimed Nancy after a safe return to the valley floor. Nancy is a well seasoned athlete, skiing with the Paralympic team and riding a tandem bike across America, among many other accomplishments. Congratulations Nancy!
TAS recently offered a 2 day climbing camp led by TAS Summer Program Manager Ryan Burke. Participants Marcus Olsen and Brenden Burke spent the 1st day practicing skills at The Enclosure rock gym and on the 2nd day moved to Curtis Canyon for some real rock experience. They learned a few things along the way. Trust, fear, and pushing one’s limits are a big part of the climbing package and both boys met these challenges in their own way and surpassed their expectations. Ryan is certified by the American Mountain Guide Assoc. as a single pitch climbing instructor and will soon be partnering with Exum Mountain Guides to assist a blind climber in an attempt to ascend the Grand Teton.