Since this peak requires both lots of climbing and lots of hiking, we decided to get a head start on it and camp a few miles closer to the technical climbing section. Next day we woke up at 2AM to get an early start, hoping to beat the summer afternoon thunderstorms. The weather was perfect, and we made it to the top with only minor incident.
Kyle feels the effects of a 2AM start
We started out at 2Am to get a head start on the weather, to no avail. We hiked quickly through the darkness, and managed to follow a trail that lead to a boulderfield. The trail died in the boulderfield and went nowhere. We retraced our steps via GPS, but the "trail" fooled us into thinking we were on the right path. Instead we waited until well after 4AM until we spotted some headlamps bobbing in the distance. We sprinted through loose rocks after them, and found our way back to the saddle, where the real climbing begins.
Kyle negotiates the easy "Belly Crawl" with an exhilarating 1000'+ of exposure on his left
Dawn on the Middle Teton, taken from high on the Grand Teton
Proof- A USGS point marker, strangely the altitude is missing?
Our dads hiked in celebratory beers packed in ice for the occasion