ON ROCK: Speeding in the park
My friend, David Gonzales, started the Teton Triathlon, where he rides a bike from town, swims Jenny Lake, climbs the Grand in a day, and then does it all in reverse! I foresee someone doing that with Moran by swimming/canoeing across String/Leigh Lakes, running up the trail from Leigh Lake towards the Falling Ice Glacier, and taking a quick break at the CMC campsites. Then, scrambling through the small cliffs, up the terrible talus filled trail to The Drizzlepuss, down to the notch, and up the CMC/East Face (II, 5.5) to the summit. After taking a quick picture for Facebook, you would run/rappel back down to the West Horn, back to the lake, and back to the parking lot. I am sure over time there would be rules made, such as no shortcutting from the campsites, but I predict it can be done in eight hours. It takes my pathetic body, round-trip from just the campsites, about 12 hours, and that’s pushing it. But I like to take my time. The campsites at tree line are some of the most spectacular vantage points in the park. I like to enjoy the remoteness and quietness. I like to hike without feeling nauseous, and keep a clear head. Swimming across Leigh Lake does not sound too appealing, either. I like to enjoy the views while rowing peacefully.
For gear: 50-meter rope, helmet, small rack/or not, canoe/kayak, and first aid. For beta: “A Climber’s Guide to The Tetons” by Ortenburger and Jackson. Rock On!