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North America, United States, Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, Mt. Owen, North Ridge, First Winter Ascent

Mt. Owen, North Ridge, first winter ascent. My partner, local innkeeper Hans Johnstone, and I, a guide, completed the first winter ascent of the North Ridge of Mt. Owen on March 18, 2007. One of the longest rock climbs in Grand Teton National Park, the route took us a very long day, 18 hours from car to summit. We circumnavigated the peak, first climbing the Koven Couloir, then descending the Briggs Ski Diagonal route and crossing the Run Don’t Walk Couloir before ascending the 1,000m route and descending the Koven to Glacier Gulch.

Greg Collins, AAC