By: randosteve|Posted on: September 28, 2009|Posted in: Grand Teton, Mount Moran, The Tetons | 10 comments

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This is the register from the first ascent of Mount Moran in 1922…
…though not discovered until 1964.

If there is one thing for sure, there is a ton of climbing history here in the Teton Range. Some of it is well known, yet some of it is also lost forever. However, great pains have been taken by Jackson resident Paul Horton and Grand Teton National Park rangers to save some of it for all and future mountaineers to enjoy.

TetonClimbingHistory.com is a simple website that was created by Paul Horton to help document some of that history by copying all of the entries into the summit registers on a majority of the Teton peaks. Paul has been climbing in Wyoming since the 1960 and a member of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides since 1978.  Paul’s project started in the 2002 when he started taking photographs of the register entries for history sake, but could really be dated back to 1989 and the first ascent of the Grand Teton.

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Pretty interesting to see a party of eleven people (including a 17 year old girl) on the
summit of the Grand Teton, in a snow and lightning storm, all the way back in 1926

I found it very interesting to look back and read some of the entries documented on Teton Summit Registers, and I think for those folks that climbed in the Tetons prior to the removal of the summit registers, it would be cool to be able to go back and see the entries they made, and maybe relive some of the pleasure they had on their climb. Check it out…and feel free to share any of your own thoughts relating to Teton climbing history in the comments section. –Steve

My motivation for the project was to make the registers available for any and all to see. The rangers brought the registers out of the mountains back in the 1970s and 1980s, mainly because it was getting too hard to maintain them with the increasing number of climbers, but perhaps also because of the feeling that the registers were an intrusion in the backcountry. The papers were collected at Park Headquarters in Moose as historical artifacts, where they remain today.After the digital camera was invented, it occurred to me that it would be a handy tool to document and preserve the register archive. Starting in 2002, I took all the images and, while I was at it, organized the collection and placed the register pages, which were loosely stored in cardboard boxes, in archival mylar sleeves. Some time later David Gonzales gave me the idea of putting all my images on a personal website.

The registers from the 1920s and 1930s, particularly those from the Grand, were the most interesting to me since so many of the climbs were new or significant and so many of the participants became historical figures in one way or another. It was also a time when mountaineering developed rapidly and it’s interesting to see the changes reflected in the register entries.

The project took a lot of time, but I’ve always been fascinated with the mountaineering history of the Tetons so there was far more pleasure than tedium involved in doing it. I hope you enjoy it. –Paul Horton

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