The Grand Teton is a very iconic mountain. It stands strong and proud on the skyline of Jackson Wyoming. It has the same mystical presents as that of the Mont Blanc, the Eiger or Mount Robson. It tantalizes climbers and skiers alike, drawing them in with it's dominating presents of gnarly ridge lines, couloirs and faces. As a ski mountaineer, the mere thought of summiting and being able to shred down one of it's many ascetic lines, has always been a dream of mine. Last January, my dream came closer to being a reality then ever before, but alas still remains a dream. The winter season of 2011/2012 was not the best winter for United States, and Jackson was no exception to this. What better of a time than to head down and visit some good friends and check out some new mountains. Knowing the conditions were not good for skiing, myself and Melanie Bernier teamed up with Nathan Brown and Zahan Billimoria, two very solid Jackson locals, to go for a winter attempt of the Exum Ridge on the Grand. Making great time to the col, do to very solid snow conditions and using light skimo race gear, we had high hopes... until we felt the true power of mother nature as we crested the col in 100 mph winds. Hopes of the ridge and the summit quick blew away. Making the most of the situation, we went as high as we could, before our fear of being blown to Idaho took over.
Good adventures are always to be had when you mix great friends and amazing places. I will return and capture my dream of skiing from the summit of such a proud american icon.
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