A little group of us did a great tour yesterday.
Jackson Peak is a prominent peak on the east side of the Jackson Hole valley. It's part of the Gros Ventre mountain range and the summit is 10,741 feet. Jackson Peak is quite visible from most of the northern part of the Jackson Hole valley and the north-facing aspect of the peak hold snow pretty late in the season.
This photo is from "Adam" on Panaramio: It shows the summit of Jackson Peak, as well as the old and second-growth forest we hiked through to get to the peak itself:
I've never been to Jackson Peak and have wanted to ski the peak for a long time, so yesterday seemed like a good day to try. We were able to drive up to the trailhead at around 8,000 feet. From there, we walked on a logging road for about another 500 vertical until we ran into continuous snow. From there, we skinned and bushwhacked through the forest until we finally came out at the base of the summit pitch. From there, we booted a little over 1,000 vertical feet up to the summit. It was a grunt.
Here are Jim and Peter booting the east couloir:
And then we trudge on up the summit ridge:
THe wind was absolutely howling on the summit and we quickly threw on clothes and jackets against the wind chill. Dave is talking to a friend from down in the valley by the airport who is watching us with her telescope:
Incredibly beautiful surroundings:
We chose the center couloir off the north wall. Peter headed valleyward:
And Jim with the Tetons in the far background:
Dave with a big smile on his face:
The little dots in the center of the photo are the rest of my party waiting for me:
Group shot at the bottom:
Crazy amount of snow for the end of June.