This is the standard route on the Middle Teton. From the Meadows, head up the south fork of Garnet Canyon. Going up this fork is more time consuming than the north fork due to a lack of a (decent) trail. Climb all the way to the saddle between the Middle and South Tetons (do not branch off right early).
The couloir should now be obvious on the left (west) side of the ridge leading to the summit. If snow-filled, ice axe and crampons will be needed. It seems, however, that this couloir melts out relatively rapidly. I remember it becomes quite narrow towards the top, and is a bowling alley if anyone is above you. Helmets recommended! The couloir tops out very near the summit.
Descend the same route.
BETA PHOTO: Southwest Couloir from the South Teton (8/94).
Matt Schroer, Ryan Choi, and Kent Christensen on t...
Looking up at the top section of the Southwest Cou...
|Comments on Southwest Couloir
|By Matt Schroer|
From: Logan, Utah
Sep 6, 2011
rating: 3rd 1- 1 I M 1a
An excellent scramble. Did this in early September - take an ice axe and wear a helmet in the couloir. Crampons were not used, but missed while crossing rock hard snowfields at 6am. How is the summit view? Get up there and see for yourself - you will not be disappointed.