South Teton

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South Teton
South Teton Grand Teton NP1.jpg
South Teton
Highest point
Elevation 12,514 ft (3,814 m) [1]
Prominence 1,074 ft (327 m) [1]
Coordinates 43°43′07″N 110°49′07″W / 43.71861°N 110.81861°W / 43.71861; -110.81861Coordinates: 43°43′07″N 110°49′07″W / 43.71861°N 110.81861°W / 43.71861; -110.81861[2]
Parent range Teton Range
Topo map USGS South Teton
First ascent August 29, 1923 (Ellingwood)
Easiest route Scramble class 4

South Teton (12,514 feet (3,814 m)) is the fifth-highest peak in the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming.[3] The peak is south of Middle Teton and just west of Cloudveil Dome and is part of the Cathedral Group of high Teton peaks. The 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton Range is the youngest mountain chain in the Rocky Mountains, and began their uplift 9 million years ago, during the Miocene.[4] Several periods of glaciation have carved South Teton and the other peaks of the range into their current shapes.[5]


South Teton was first climbed on August 29, 1923 by Albert R. Ellingwood and Eleanor Davis. Ellingwood made the first ascent of Middle Teton the same day. Davis was the first woman to ascend Grand Teton.[5]

The easiest climbing route is via Garnet Canyon to an altitude of 9,200 feet (2,800 m). From there a trail leads southwest towards a pass between South and Middle Teton.[6] Most ascents of the summit are made from this pass. A number of more difficult ascents are also done by experienced climbers, with difficulty of up to Class 5.11.

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  1. ^ a b "South Teton, Wyoming". Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  2. ^ "South Teton". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  3. ^ Grand Teton, WY (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Mountain Uplift". Creation of the Teton landscape: Geologic story of Grand Teton National Park. National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  5. ^ a b Jackson, Reynold G. "Chapter 16: Park of the Matterhorns". A Place Called Jackson Hole. National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  6. ^ "South Teton". Retrieved 2011-05-28.