The Teton Crest Trail - Sat, Sep 4 2010

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The Teton Crest Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Grand Tetons National Park - Teton Crest Trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 4 2010  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 1 2010 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 1 2010 9:00 pm
Event Duration:9 days
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Trip Leader(s):
Michael Johnson
Bob Bunner
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Member Cost:$110.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Over ten years ago, when I was skiing behind the Grand Teton's, I told myself I would come back and backpack this area, because it was the most beautiful mountain range I'd
ever seen. A couple years ago I read an article in National Geographic or Backpacker, that rated the Teton Crest Trail as one of the best backpacking trips in the U.S. Bob
Bunner and I discussed this trip numerous times over the last couple years, so we're both very excited to lead a trip out there this year...finally.

This is a high alitude backpacking trip, with nobody to carry your equipment but yourself, so it's mandatory that you're an experienced backpacker and in very good shape.  After
our 4th night near Solitude Lake, we will need to climb 2.4 miles up to PaintBrush Divide (over a 2k' elevation gain @ 10,700'), then almost 2 miles down 1K' to Holly Lake for our
last night in the park.

5 nights in backcountry/ 35.4 mile hike.  You will be responsible for bringing your own stove, water filter, food or find someone on the trip who wants to share these items with you.

Day 1: (9/4) Fly to Jackson, WY. Pick up rental cars, check into hotel.
Day 2: (9/5) Shop for supplies (stoves,gas, food, bear bags).
                   Register for backcountry camping at Ranger station.
                   Continue to acclimate to alitude.
Day 3: (9/6) Start backpacking from trailhead top of Rendevous Mountain,
                   (using Aerial Tramway from Teton Village) to Marion Lake. mile 6.6
Day 4: (9/7) Backpack to Death Canyon Shelf b/w mile 10 & mile 12.
Day 5: (9/8) Backpack to South Fork Cascade Canyon. b/w mile 19 & 20
Day 6: (9/9) Backpack to North Fork Cascade Canyon.  ~ mile 24-25
Day 7: (9/10) Backpack to Holly Lake. mile 29.2
Day 8: (9/11) Backpack out to Leigh Lake trailhead. mile 35.4
Day 9: (9/12) Fly home.

Estimated costs that you will likely incur that are not included in the amount paid to AOC for this trip:

Airfare: $400 -$500
Gas: $20 per person
Lodging for three nights: $250 (2 people to a room with separate beds)
Going out for Meals: $100 - $150 (Jackson is very pricey)

Because we are limited to six people on our permit, we want to ensure that members who sign up for this event have a high degree of commitment to the event.  Therefore, you will have to show one of the trip leaders a copy of your airline ticket to Jackson, WY on or before July 1.  You should plan on arriving on Saturday evening on September 4, 2010.  We would like to make one trip from the airport to our hotel.  We will not be making special trips to the airport for people who decide to arrive after September 4, 2010 or leave sooner than the morning of September 12, 2010.

We will have a trip meeting and talk about lodging options when we're not backpacking.  You will be responsible for booking your own room.  We would like everyone to stay in the same hotel/cabin/lodge.  However, if you choose to stay somewhere other than where the trip leaders are staying, you will need to get your own transportation.  We're not going to shuttle people back and forth to different hotels.

While we're in Jackson, you are free to do what you want.  The group will be hiking and enjoying the amazing scenery in Jackson Hole.

Because of the difficulty of this trip, we reserve the right to dismiss anyone from the trip who the trip leaders do not feel is physically fit enough for the trip.  This is a vacation for everyone.  We reserve the right to dismiss anyone who doesn't appear to want to be part of the group. If you discover you don't like our itinerary, then don't go on our trip.

Required Items to Bring:
Warm and cold weather gear. At altitude it can get cold.
Please read this pamplet:

Bear proof canisters are manditory for food storage. We're in Grizzly country now! Refer to: (we'll each need one).

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Meet at airport in Jackson, WY on Saturday evening, September 4, 2010. Hopefully, we can all catch the same flight so we don't have to make separate trips from the airport to our lodging.

Cost does not include flight/food or anthing not listed in Cost Includes.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$110.00/Person
Cost Includes:Camping permit fee, park entrance fee, and cost of 2 rental cars to allow for shuttling to trail heads, shopping, registering and touring Jackson/Teton area before and after hike. Preliminary checking indicated we could get 2 mid-size cars at the same price as one mini-van, which would make it more convenient for the shuttle as well.
Bear canisters are free. We pick them up at the ranger station.
Costs not included:

Airfare: $400 -$500
Gas: $20 per person
Lodging for three nights: $250 (2 people to a room with separate beds)
Going out for Meals: $100 - $150 (Jackson is very pricey)
Meals/snacks on the trail
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Sat, May 1 2010.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.


  • Full payment of $110 is due on or before the registration cutoff date of May 1, 2010 or you will be removed from the event.  
  • Payment may be made via PayPal, PC Banking or Check. It is your responsibility to get the deposit payment and/or balance payment in meet the due dates. Allow two days processing for PayPal and PC Banking and one week to mail a check. 
  • No partial payment for partial attendance.


  • If you cancel on or before May 1, 2010, full payment is refundable less a $5.00 AOC administrative fee. After May 1, 2010, NO refund unless someone from the waitlist replaces you and pays in full. At that time, you would receive full refund less a $5 administrative fee.  
  • This Event will occur rain or shine.  However, the trip leader may cancel if extreme weather conditions are forecast.