Alpinist.com has posted the details on a new route in the Grand Tetons put up by Stephen Koch and Hans Johnstone on February 6 of this year. The new line sits between Shea’s Chute and the Alex Lowe Memorial Route and runs up a “weakness” in the granite buttress there.
The article give nice details of the climb, as told by Koch himself, and discusses the varioud challenges and difficulties that needed to be overcome. Koch says he first spotted the line back in 2004, but this was the first opportunity to return and give it a go. The good snow and ice in the region helped to facilitate the climb, which had chimneys to maneuver and rock climbs of as high as 5.10 difficulty.
It doesn’t seem like the pair are done with the Tetons just yet either, as they have noted a number of other interesting and challenge mixed climbing routes, over rock, snow and ice.
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