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By Joe "Big Boi" Osterman
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dec 8, 2012
Devils Lake

Planning on doing the Owen Spalding route in late June next year (2013) and Im just seeking some knowledge on average snow conditions for this time of the year, if any, on both the approach and the climb. Also any information on the ability to camp or bivy on the lower saddle and any route data or variations not listed on the main page. Thanks for your help!


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By mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Dec 8, 2012

Upper Exum gets more sun and is dried out earlier in the season, and is a better route.

Have you looked at the NPS website for Grand Teton National Park?


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By Ryan N
From San Louis Obispo
Dec 9, 2012
RJN

I second the upper exum. Don't mess with the Owen Spaulding it's not really climbing at all. If your going to haul all your shit up the 7 miles and several thousand feet do upper exum. Also if your going to bivy on the lower saddle GO LITE!


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By mozeman
Dec 9, 2012

Upper exum is much more committing than the owen spalding, but if you are competent enough and skilled enough, go for the upper exum


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By Greg G
From SLC, UT
Dec 9, 2012
The route in it's entirety.

2 seasons ago in June the Grand saw the most Ski decents it's ever seen back to back.


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By Paul Gagner
Dec 9, 2012

Regardless of route conditions it is highly likely that you'll need an ice axe (and know how to use it) to get to the lower saddle.

I second the comments re the Upper Exum vs. the OS....

Paul


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By Joe "Big Boi" Osterman
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dec 12, 2012
Devils Lake

Thanks for all the info!


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By Cory
From Boise, ID
Dec 12, 2012
Relaxing in the Tuttle Creek Campground after a fun day in the Hills

While we're on the topic of the Grant Teton, anyone have any beta on late winter/early spring ascents of OS or upper Exum? Specifically, is there typically enough snow to make the entire approach ski-able car to lower saddle and back? If one could ski out instead of slog, it would certainly be nice . . . Climbing car to car in September that hike out was kind of brutal (or maybe I'm just a sissy).


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