With a full moon and a partly sunny weather forecast, I decided this last Thursday to do a winter camping trip up on Table Mountain, on the west side of the Teton Range. The hike in was grueling, having to put in a skin track all by myself up 4,000 vertical feet through deep heavy powder, with a heavy backpack. In fact, for most of the hike I was gaining only 1,000 vertical feet per 2 hours! Exhausted after reaching the high flat ridgeline, I set up my tent shortly after sunset and quickly fell asleep. At 2:00am I woke up again and skinned the rest of the way up Table Mountain in the bright moonlight, enjoying a moonset and sunrise from the frigid summit with a great view of the Grand Teton. After sunrise I rode back to my tent, crawled back into my sleeping bag, and slept most of the day before packing up and riding out of there.
Winter Camping on Table Mountain
January 2010 | Tetons, Wyoming