Corbet High Camp is known as the launching point for summiting the Grand Teton, but it is also surrounded by some of the best Granite that the Tetons have to offer. Numerous granite spires, collectively known as the Garnet Towers form some of the most classic alpine climbs in the Tetons and are an easy approach from our high camp. Sample a few of these epic routes on a three to five-day high camp visit, and enjoy the comfort, delicious food, and world-class backcountry amenities that only Corbet High Camp can offer. Space at high camp is limited – so please consider booking early
Corkscrew Route- Garnet Towers II 5.9
One of the most aesthetic climbs in Garnet Canyon, this steep red granite prow of the Watchtower ascends corners, cracks, and chimneys for several pitches. It ends right across from high camp!
Irene’s Arete—Garnet Canyon III 5.8-5.10a
Many consider Irene’s Arete to be the best rock climb in the Park. Advanced rock climbers will be delighted with the clean cracks and superb rock of this Garnet Canyon prow. It’s named for Teton great Irene Beardsley (Ortenburger) who discovered this prize with John Dietschy in 1957. Irene’s is justifiably popular with airy, continuous pitches amongst spectacular surroundings. This very strenuous one-day climb has a long approach necessitating an early start. It can also be conveniently done on a multi-day basis from Corbet High Camp.
Red Sentinel – Garnet Towers 11,200+’ II, 5.7
The Red Sentinel is a striking pinnacle that can only be seen from certain strategic positions within the Tetons. It sits between the West Face of Disappointment Peak and the Grand Teton itself. The most popular route involves a wide fist crack to a traverse to a long pitch of thin and exposed face climbing. The rating in no way prepares the climber for how spectacular and committing this route actually is. The descent is a full rope length, free hanging rappel! It doesn’t get much better than that. The base of the route is but 10 minutes from Corbet High Camp.
West Face – Disappointment Peak 11,618’ II, 5.4-5.7
This is a surprisingly pleasant and easy climb considering the formidable appearance of the West Face. The rock is steep but adequate holds are plentiful. The approach from Corbet High Camp is roughly 10 or 15 minutes and the climb takes but a few hours camp to camp.
Okie’s Thorn 11,840+’ II, 5.6, East Face-Tepee Pillar 12,266’ II, 5.7
These pillars are minutes from high camp and achieve summits that are not often visited. In a spectacular setting, one can contemplate the views up the East Face of the Grand Teton from these climbs.
Northwest Ice Couloir – Middle Teton 12,804’ II, snow/ice AI3, 5.6
During the summer months this climb transitions from snow to ice. Lying above the lower saddle, it lies in a cleft that one heads straight up, ending very close to the summit.
Buckingham Ridge-Middle Teton 12,804’ III, 5.7
The Buckingham (aka Southeast) Ridge, honoring first-ascender Bill Buckingham, is one of the Teton’s finest long classics. It features many moderate pitches of clean golden rock on a big peak. The quality, length and situation make this a real mountaineering prize for the experienced climber. It is typically done as a two-day trip with a camp in the South Fork of Garnet Canyon. Steep snow will be encountered in early to mid-season.
Overnight Classic Teton Rock Climbs: Price: Price: :$718/day/private 1:1;$592 per person/day in a group of 2
Please note that due to scheduling, this adventure cannot be booked online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates.
Group pricing is for 2 people on a trip. Please read through our policies by visiting this page.
Objective Dependent – Scarpa footwear is available at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for rent. JHMG also carries a selection of rock shoes for rent.
- Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes: required for all mid-summer climbs. (mid-July through Sept) – Guide Pick: Scarpa Crux or Scarpa Kalipe (Available for rent)
- Mountain Boots: Trips before July 15, require a crampon compatible mountain boot – Guide Pick: Scarpa Zodiac Tech (Available for rent)
- Rock Shoes for technical rock routes (Available for rent)
- Socks: 2-4 pair: sized for your boots and blister prevention
- Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Top
- Synthetic/ Wool Sun Hoody
- Synthetic T-shirt
- Insulating Jacket: lightweight fleece or synthetic
- Soft Shell: fleece or pile
- Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood.
- Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Bottom
- Hiking Short or Pant for approach
- Synthetic Climbing Pant
- Rain Pant
- Hat: lightweight to medium weight warm hat – sleek enough to be worn under a helmet
- Gloves: BRING TWO PAIR – one lightweight to medium weight pair – synthetic or fleece material. If snow route, shell also recommended.
On the trail
- Alpine Climbing Pack – Internal frame only. 45 to 5O L for 2 or 4 day trip. Large enough to fit all your personal gear plus ten pounds of food and water.
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) or H2O hydration system
- Water Treatment – Steripen or other
- Closed toed camp shoes (optional)
- Stuff Sacks: zip lock bags
- Dark Sunglasses
- Extra Contact Lenses
- Sun Hat or Visor
- Sunscreen (35+SPF)
- Lip Balm
- Headlamp and Fresh Batteries
- First Aid – minimal: blister care, analgesic, etc.
- Lunch, snacks & drink mix.
- Misc Items: minimal: light knife, camera,
bandana, camp suds, wash cloth, etc.
Some trips require (please inquire with JHMG):
- Sleeping Pad: Closed-cell foam or Thermarest
Recommended & Optional Items
- Trekking Poles
- Camera and batteries, spare memory card
- Insoles: custom or after market
- Bear Spray
- Insect Repellent (Ask the office if this is necessary)
- Headnet (Ask the office if this is necessary)
- Camp Shoe – lightweight
Cold Weather Considerations:
Early and late season temperatures require warmer clothing. You may consider additional clothing if you get cold easily or if it is unusually cold or windy.
- Buff or neck gaiter
- Extra down vest or jacket
- Expedition weight long underwear
- Extra gloves
**The Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented & purchased in our Jackson office.
For your safety and comfort, bring synthetic and or natural fiber clothing for insulation. Cotton
is NOT recommended and down must be kept dry. Clothing should be able to layer without
Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from our Jackson, WY headquarters. Our Jackson office is located in the south part of Jackson at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104 and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Our phone number is (800) 239-7642 or (307) 733-4979. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (a 2 – 2.5 hour drive) is a cheaper option and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are also air travel options. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by our office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when we will return to the trailhead. Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are a plethora of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. Accommodations near our office make your transitions convenient. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible. Lodging recommendations and many more details can be found in the downloadable document below.
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Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.