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.
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
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