SheJumps Grand Teton Fundraising Climb 2020, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, Tuesday, 25. August 2020

The SheJumps Grand Teton Fundraising Climb: an all-women's adventure with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides benefitting SheJumps Wild Skills Youth Initiative.

One of the most recognizable mountains in the country, the Grand Teton has drawn visitors to the Jackson Hole area as long as history has been recorded. A landmark for native Americans and the first European explorers, the mystique has always been captivating. Even the rights to the first ascent remains in dispute. A crucible of American alpinism, the climbers who honed their craft here in the golden age went on to pioneer the big walls of Yosemite, Patagonian spires and the Himalaya. Become part of its history by standing on top and join us for an amazing summit and a greater appreciation for the remarkable alpine environment only the Tetons can deliver.

This trip is open to all individuals who identify as female. Some rock climbing experience beneficial, but not required. One day of rock climbing skills review / instruction included in the climb. Please note, the guide retains the right, at any point, to determine whether a climber is sufficiently fit to continue the climb.

Whether you’re a mountaineering fanatic, knocking one adventure off the bucket list or want to help inspire a new generation of outdoor women, the SheJumps Grand Teton Fundraising Climb will give you an experience unlike any other. You’ll receive fundraising support, gear incentives, conditioning recommendations and a community rooting for your success. If you’ve ever wanted to summit one of the world’s most amazing peaks, now’s your chance! The SheJumps Grand Teton Fundraising Climb takes place August 25-28, 2020.

There is a unique spirit of comradery with all SheJumps events. Endless high fives, gut busting laughs and summit dance parties are just the beginning. We consciously foster a positive energy that exudes encouragement in stride with the technical, physical and emotional challenge at hand. Our female guides and staff offer support and expertise throughout your training, fundraising and of course, the climb. This is sure to be the experience of a lifetime!

SheJumps Grand Teton Fundraising Climb contributes to the nonprofit’s Wild Skills program. Wild Skills youth programs teach young girls the survival and technical skills they need for outdoor adventuring. Our events encourage girls to learn new skills, take on challenges and think creatively which develops perseverance and fosters confidence. The funds raised from this climb will help further this vision.

A $350 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. Upon submitting your $350 deposit, you will be notified of your acceptance to the climb and directed to complete the Participation Agreement.

You are not officially registered until you have completed & signed the Participation Agreement. Each climber agrees to fundraise $2500 for SheJumps Wild Skills. This Eventbrite registration/application is in conjunction with your deposit (paid here through Eventbrite). This climb includes lodging the nights of Aug. 25 & 26, breakfast & dinners while at High Camp (climber provides lunches and trail snacks), guiding, group gear and course instruction. Each climber must provide their own transportation to the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides office in Jackson Hole, trailhead within the park and classroom locations - carpooling opportunities will be provided. Gratuity for the guides is not included, please budget accordingly; it's greatly appreciated. We highly recommend also purchasing trip insurance for this event.

How much do I have to fundraise?
As further detailed in the “Participation Agreement”, each climber agrees to fundraise or be personally responsible for a fundraising total of $2,500 for SheJumps Wild Skills. This amount does not include the deposit. Half of the Fundraising Total due to SheJumps by May 18, 2020 (“Midpoint Fundraising Deadline”), and the other half of the Fundraising Total due to SheJumps by August 18, 2020, (“Final Fundraising Deadline”).

What is Wild Skills?
Wild Skills youth events teach young girls the survival and technical skills they need for outdoor adventuring. These skills can be applied in any season and include first aid, navigation, leave no trace and shelter building. Our events encourage girls to learn new skills, take on challenges and think creatively which develops perseverance and fosters confidence. Our goal is to see girls learning, having fun and connecting in an encouraging environment with amazing instruction and support from female mentors. We want Wild Skills to be an experience they will remember, one that will spark a lifetime of passion for the outdoors and will remind them that they are capable of anything. The funds raised from this climb will help further this vision.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No. This is a very popular climb with a long list of climbers waiting to participate, we will release open spots to the waitlist.

If I have to cancel for some reason, do I get my deposit back?
No. Your deposit is non-refundable. The closer we get to the climb, the harder it will be for us to fill your spot. We recommend looking into options for trip interruption/cancellation insurance.

What does the climb include?
In addition to guiding / instruction, this climb includes lodging the nights of August 25 & 26, all group climbing equipment, including climbing ropes and technical hardware, and meals (except lunch), and tents.  Personal equipment and lunches are not provided. You are responsible for all items on the Gear List.

How fit do I need to be?
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is required. Climbers must be able to carry an average of 45-50lbs or more. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We’re here to help you along the way with training recommendations.

Do I need to have climbing or mountaineering experience?
Some rock climbing experience beneficial, but not required. One day of skills review is included in the climb. Please note, the guide retains the right, at any point, to determine whether a climber is sufficiently fit to continue the climb.

What kind of gear do I need?
Check out the full gear list here.

Please Note: There is a mandatory gear check at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides’ office on the first day of the course. 

What’s the itinerary?
Day 1 - August 25
Plan to arrive at JHMG headquarters in Jackson Hole at 8:30am where you will meet your guides, other teammates, get outfitted with helmets, harnesses, shoes and head out to the training area where folks will learn skills they will need to successfully navigate the Grand Teton under the supervision of their guide. Training wraps up around 3:00pm.  After training, folks will return to the office where they will do their gear check. Please bring everything you are planning on bringing on the mountain with you to the training day. After a full day of prep, the team will return to our local lodging and enjoy dinner. SheJumps/JHMG do not provide transportation during this climb.

Day 2 - August 26
We’ll start the day early with breakfast and then meet up with our guides at Lupine Meadows trailhead. As a reminder, SheJumps/JHMG do not provide transportation into the park. Climbers will be responsible for paying the $35 vehicle fee at the park entrance unless they have a Golden Eagle Pass or equivalent .
Once at the trailhead, guides will distribute some food items to you for the ascent up to high camp. From there, you will enjoy a leisurely 7 mile hike up beautiful Garnet Canyon. The hike, while very scenic, does gain 4200 feet and requires a certain level of fitness and will. Your guide will set a slow, sustainable pace and in 6-8 hours you will arrive at JHMG’s historic Corbet High Camp. Corbet High Camp features a pristine water source, a weatherport for cooking, eating and hanging out and 6 personal Mountain Hardwear 3 person Tents, each with sleeping pads and sleeping bags.
After settling in, and getting some rest, your guides will equip each client with a helmet, a harness and a belay/rappel device. You and your guides will walk 10 minutes from camp to the training area. Guides will then cover a curriculum consisting of anything not covered on the previous day and get you on the rock for a multi-pitch climb and rappel. Guides will then prepare a delicious dinner, and with a full belly, you are off to sleep under the shadow of the Grand Teton.

Day 3, August 27 
It’s summit day! The day begins with a very early wake up followed by breakfast. With your summit pack full of layers, your headlamp, water, food, harnesses and helmets on, you head out! Like the hike to Corbet High Camp, the pace is slow and sustainable. Upward momentum is the key.
The climb to the summit is roughly 2 miles, but climbs 2700 ft. It usually takes 6-8 hours. Your guide will select one of two routes. The Pownall- Gilkey Route or the Exum Ridge. The route decision is the guides discretion and is based on weather, time and ability. Weather permitting, you will reach the summit and enjoy the fantastic views of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole and the Teton Valley.
After your achievement, you will descend to the comfort of Corbet High Camp for a warm delicious meal which you have earned. Then it’s off to your tent to rest your weary muscles.

Day 4, August 28 
Day 4 is what makes this program so special. If your party was turned around due to bad weather on day 3, day 4 can serve as a second summit attempt. If you reached the top on day 3, then day 4 is flexible. We like to try and depart for Lupine Meadows no later than 11:00am and usually arrive at the trailhead between 2:30 – 3:30pm. We then head into town and celebrate over cold drinks & a hearty meal!

Is food provided on the trip?
Yes.  We provide on-mountain breakfast and dinners on the climb. Climbers are responsible for their own lunch foods and trail snacks.  If you have any food allergies or requirements, please let us know in advance. 

What is the climber to guide ratio? 
The trip will be run at a 2:1 ratio. 

More questions?
Contact Christy Pelland:
SheJumps increases the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities to foster confidence, leadership, and connection to nature and community through free and low-cost outdoor education.

We believe in increasing diversity in the outdoors and providing ALL women and girls with the spark that will lead to a lifetime of outdoor learning and empowerment. We welcome all women and girls (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who identify with the women’s community.

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Tuesday, 25. August 2020, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, SheJumps Grand Teton Fundraising Climb 2020

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