Grand Teton National Park Rock Climbing

Season Summer

Difficulty Moderate

Duration 1 Day

Overview

Fasten your seat belts for a full day of climbing in beautiful Grand Teton National Park. Our high quality guides will make your day on the rocks informative, exciting and enjoyable . . . and you can’t beat the location! Most trips will take advantage of a boat ride across scenic Jenny Lake. From the dock on the west side, most rock climbing trips will hike one mile and 800 vertical feet to the crag at the base of Hanging Canyon while snow school participants hike an addition mile past there into Hanging Canyon.

All technical equipment is included. Guests are responsible for their own clothing and footwear. Rock shoes or mountain boots are available for rent.

 

Season Summer

Minimum Age 8

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A full day of rock climbing at Hanging Canyon Crag. This is a great option for folks looking to try rock climbing for the first time, or people who have not climbed in some time and are looking to refresh their skills. Routes range in difficulty from 5.4 to 5.11.

These classes take place at Boulder Town, Curtis Canyon and the Hoback Shield.

Learn to use the ice ax and practice techniques for ascent, descent, and safety systems on summer snow. This class is offered in early to mid summer when there is accessible snow. We’ll hike up to an appropriate snow slope, then cover a full range of topics, from step kicking to self arrest and glissading.

This offering is typically available before July 15.

GTNP Rock Climbing: $575 private; $459 pp/ 2:1 private; $395 pp / 3:1

Basic / Intermediate / Snow School: $520 private; $459 pp/ 2:1 private;  $260 group.

The Mountain Guides does not provide transportation for its clients. Guests are responsible for paying the $35 vehicle fee at the park entrance unless they have a Golden Eagle Pass or equivalent .

Private trips cannot be booked directly online based on scheduling, please click here to inquire about specific dates for a private trip. Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

All of our standard classes start with a gear check the day before the trip at our Jackson office at 1325 S. Hwy 89, Suite 104, in Smith’s Plaza at the south end of town. You’ll meet your guide the following morning at the trailhead. Plan for a full day of climbing. You’ll want lunch, plenty of water, and appropriate clothing for climbing in the mountains.

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 encumbering your movement.

Footwear

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)
  • Rock Shoes for technical rock (Available for rent)
Upper Layers
  • Synthetic/ Wool Sun Hoody
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Soft Shell: fleece or pile
  • Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood
Bottom Layers
  • Shorts
  • Synthetic Climbing Pant
  • Rain Pant
Accessories
  • Gloves – non-insulated with leather palm

On the Trail

  • Back Pack: internal frame  30 Liter capacity (2000 cu in)
  • Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) Or H2O Hydration system
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Extra Pair Contact Lens
  • Sun Hat or visor
  • Sunscreen (35+SPF)
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent (until early August)
  • Lunch and Snacks

Optional Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera

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.

  • Down Jacket
  • Vest
  • Medium weight long underwear

**Jackson Hole 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.

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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Testimonials

  • JHMG is an amazing organization. They listen to what I want in a trip experience then seek to take it one step bigger & better.

    — Mike Long
  • Joe and I wanted to again say thanks for an awesome trip. We were put at ease the second we walked into the guide shop on Monday night for a gear check. I would absolutely recommend JHMG to anyone who asks. Every single guide we met was approachable, professional, and fun to be around, making for a great time. I sincerely hope that our paths cross again some time.

    — Steve Widdoss
  • JHMG will teach you what you desire and create exceptional moments in the mountain setting.

    — Ryan Hoynacki
  • We love JHMG! We try and go once a year to climb with them and it is always a highlight of our year! It’s relaxing, fun, challenging and exciting! Thanks for a great trip!

    — Rachel Soeken
  • My experiences with JHMG have been uniformly outstanding. Each guide that has worked with me over the years has taken a genuine interest in helping me advance my climbing. The levels of professionalism, expertise, and interest in teaching among the guides I have worked with has been top-notch.

    — David Matthews

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