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Baxter’s Pinnacle, or One Last Climb

August 24, 2010

August 16, 2010. Greg, Jeremy, Steph, and I had planned on climbing Irene’s Arete in Grand Teton National Park in a one day push.  However, Greg was not feeling well, and I was feeling contemplative and lazy, so we changed the game plan and decided to climb something with a shorter approach.  I met Jeremy and Steph in Jackson, where we waited for the National Park to close so we wouldn’t have to pay an entrance fee.  We entered the park late at night and slept it the parking lot.

The morning was sunny and beautiful.  We took a ferry across Jenny Lake and made a short but steep approach to the base of Baxter’s Pinnacle.

Jeremy and Steph on the approach, looking down at Jenny Lake. Photograph by Jacob Buckner.

Jeremy on lead. Photograph by Jacob Buckner.

The Grand Teton from Baxter's Pinnacle. Photograph by Jacob Buckner.

Jeremy starting the last pitch. Photograph by Jacob Buckner.

I got surgery on my foot three days after this trip, and it’s going to be a while before I can climb again.  This was a great last climb of the season.  I’ve been able to do a lot great things and go a lot of incredible places this summer.  I’m really grateful that I have had such a great few months.

Now hopefully I will be back in shape for ski season. . .

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