Senior Exum Mountain Guide and AMGA certified Alpine Guide, George Gardner, died at the age of 58 while soloing the Lower Exum route on the Grand Teton on Saturday. George has been a mountain guide for that past 28 years and rumor has it, he logged the most number of guided trips last summer for Exum. Not much is known about the accident at the present time, but we do know that George will be missed dearly.
Having worked in a climbing shop in GTNP for the past 10 years, I came to know George pretty well. Every spring, he would drop into the store to say hello and our conversations often revolved around skiing. George was always willing to share a story and was no doubt one of the nicest guides (and guys) I’ve ever met. Everyone who talks about him seems to agree.
George was based out of Ridgeway, CO, but traveled to the Tetons every summer to work. I believe he left behind his wife, son and daughter, who will no doubt feel the loss the most. If you have a moment, please say a prayer for George, his family and his friends in this time of pain. Your spirit will be remembered George. Rest in peace.
Photo courtesy of Exum Mountain Guides