Long story short: I'm on a road trip going to the big national parks and will be around Yellow Stone area next week. I heard about the Grand Teton not too long ago and I REALLY want to climb it. But I don't have a partner to do it with.
I'm mostly a sports climber and I have a sports rack (rope, binners, webbing, etc.). I'm also willing to buy all the gear I don't have that I need to climb the Grand. I think I know the logistics of multi-pitch but I've never done a multi-pitch. I know there are commercial guides out there, but I think that will take the fun out of climbing it. Are there anybody here that might be interested in doing it with me? Or any tips or suggestions?
By TheBirdman From Eldorado Springs, Colorado Sep 5, 2013
Man, I feel like your name should have been one of the names included in this gag:
You're on a climbing forum, asking for a partner, for an alpine route that you've never done and have no experience and your name is Wei Dai (We Die)? You might have thought about changing it just for partner finding purposes. Not trying to invoke any sort of bias or racism here, but that is just too ironic not to point out.
I would suggest hiring a guide as well. Unless you are doing Owen Spalding the climbing is long and exposed. If you were to pitch out Upper Exum it would likely take much longer than you have before afternoon storms hit. Personally I think it would be foolish for anyone to take a multi-pitch novice up the Grand for their first multipitch. The Grand is no small undertaking with even a car to car journey usually taking >14 hours. If you are not altitude adjusted the 13,000+ feet section is going to kick your ass. Keep in mind that your ineptitude could get you and your partner killed.
TL:DR Hire a guide. I wouldn't take a novice up the Grand, especially in September when storms can blow in quickly and create FUBAR'd situations.