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Death Canyon  


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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 43.654, -110.809 View Map  Incorrect?
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View across Death Canyon to Prospector's Mountain....

Description 

Death Canyon offers the highest concentration of pure rock climbing routes in the Tetons. It also has a relatively short approach (60 to 90 minutes) for most of the routes - an added bonus in an area of epic approaches.

This canyon is simply stunning. It is framed on both sides by giant rock walls with a beautiful creek cascading down the middle. The approach goes quickly with the great views!

Water is available via the creek after 2.5 miles on the trail.

Getting There 

Directly across from the Moose Visitor Center, make a left onto Moose-Wilson road. Make a right onto a dirt road after about 10 minutes. Follow this road to the Death Canyon trailhead.

From the trailhead, hike past Phelps Lake and into the canyon. Follow the trail for 2-3 miles depending upon your destination.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.0 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',3],['5.10',4],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Death Canyon:
Dihedral of Horrors   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   Omega Buttress
Annals of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 350'   Omega Buttress
The Snaz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   Cathedral Buttress
Caveat Emptor   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Cathedral Buttress
Aerial Boundaries   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 600'   Cathedral Buttress
Sunshine Daydream   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   Cathedral Buttress
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Featured Route For Death Canyon
Rob Springer towards the end of P2.

Caveat Emptor 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WY : Grand Teton National Park : ... : Cathedral Buttress
The middle of this route contains several quality pitches, but I feel that it does not deserve its super-classic status because:1. The approach pitch and exit pitches are nothing to write home about.2. It doesn't go near the top of even Cathedral Buttress, let alone a summit.3. It's currently rigged for rapping after the good climbing, making it less fitting for an area of fine summits and creating a potential for big clusterfucks as descending parties collide with ascenders4. IMMO, at least, cr...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Kayte D 'Escaping from Death'
Kayte D 'Escaping from Death'

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