Signal Mountain-the cruel way

September 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm 5 comments

August 9th, 2009

The plan called for our hardy group of six to summit the Grand Teton on Sunday morning.  To describe us as a Motley Crew would be an understatement. Our group varied from some of the most experienced members of SummitCheese to a hiker working on his second Cheeseburger summit.  We had pre-arranged to have the check out climb shortened from 2 days to 1 day, based upon our climbing experience.  Thus Friday became jam packed with learning Alpine Climbing techniques.  Our pair of Exum guides, Ben and Dan, re-introduced us to some of the basic knots used in climbing, and also taught us how to ‘walk in coils’ and perform an appropriate body belay.  Much of the instruction was based upon being able to move rapidly while still maintaining safety in an Alpine, but  relatively non-technical environment.   Throughout the day, the weather looked somewhat worrisome, but we had high hopes for Saturday morning.  Recognizing the potential that we were in for some cold-wet weather, Ben insisted that each climber re-assess their clothing.  After several trips to outdoor stores, we felt that we were ready for any weather you would expect in August. 

Our Ojective

Saturday morning broke wet and cold with deteriorating weather conditions.  After meeting up at the Exum headquarters, we were given the option of cancelling the trip.  Our unanimous vote of yes then led to a round of Ben and Dan recommending even more additions to our cold weather gear!  This necessitated yet another trip to an outdoor store, where we were delighted to discover that the only winter gloves available were women’s gloves.  Luckily everyone was able to squeeze into a pair and we made a dash back to the trailhead to start our trip.

At the trailhead, weather conditions had improved and we were looking at a reasonably sunny day.

Butt Shot

So we began our trip upwards, as we gained in altitude, the weather began to turn to clouds and rain.  Eventually the rain turned to sleet and finally to snow. 

P1010092John Mike Paul top of fixed ropeTom on Fixed Rope

We eventually arrived at the Exum Hut with plenty of day light left, but steady snowfall and wind.  Our guides warned us that the weather was not looking good, but that the decision would be made at 3 AM Sunday morning.  With our hopes fading, our spirits were lifted Saturday Night when around 8 PM, the clouds parted and we saw our hoped for destination!

Break in the Weather

Sadly the weather quickly closed up again with wind and snow aplenty.  At 3 AM, the weather was poor, so we waited till 4 AM, then 5 AM and finally 6 AM.  At 6 AM, all the guides at the hut made the decision to abandon any summit attempts and to get the 13 climbers back down.

Summit Morning

Geri

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trip down was uneventful except for a helpful coating of snow, sleet and rain.  However, refusing to let the Huge Yummy Cheeseburgers from Billy’s Burgers, we made the fateful decision to drag our sodden carcasses to the top of Signal Mountain.  Okay we drove to almost the top, but there was at least 150 feet of walking to reach the true summit.  Our day ended with consuming dry aged steaks courtesy of SLoB and MadeMarion.  Good times with Great Friends!  Summitteers-Krusty Bunz, SamIAm, GroovyDad, SLoB, BirdDog and Wimpy

Dinner with Friends

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Entry filed under: Wyoming Summits.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Derek  |  September 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Your post made me miss Billy’s Burgers. Ate there twice on <a href="http://www.derekloranger.com/gfx/wy/wy.htm&quot; my trip to Jackson.

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  • 2. Derek  |  September 11, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Your post made me miss Billy’s Burgers. Ate there twice on my trip to Jackson.

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  • 3. krustybunz  |  September 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    The guides were wimps… we could have made it!

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  • 4. groovydad22  |  September 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    that was the most expensive hike I have been on………

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  • 5. summitcheese  |  September 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Hike? Most expensive cheeseburger summit please. Don’t forget our summit of the mighty Signal Mountain

    Reply

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