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    Owen-Spalding 2014 SEPTEMBER 2014 ONWARDS

    The route is in winter conditions, with significant snow and ice covering much of the route. Water ice is choking the Double Chimney and Owen Chimney and the Catwalk is

    very icy. Ice axe and crampons recommended.

    OS route from the base of Sargent's Chimney - 9/4/14

    Sargent's Chimney - 9/4/14

    AUGUST 27, 2014 - photos of wall street and descending from the summit

    via the OS

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    AUGUST 24, 2014

    Continuous fall-like weather has dropped 8 inches of snow at the Lower Saddle and

    Grand Teton. A full day of solar radiation will be needed to dry all the routes. Chimneys

    and ledges could remain icy for the remainder of the season.

    AUGUST 22, 2014

    Recent thunderstorm activity has left the OS route covered in snow/ice. Reports of 6" of

    snow/graupel on the Briggs Slab! It will take a shift in the weather pattern and some

    serious sunshine to return the route to summer-like conditions!

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    AUGUST 12, 2014

    The OS is in great condition with some patches of wetness remaining depending on

    when the last storm occurred. If temperatures drop and moisture continues, verglas may

    develop.

    AUGUST 8, 2014

    Rain and Snow have left some ice and snow in shaded chimneys and ledges.

    JULY 17, 2014

    Route from the Lower Saddle to the summit is mostly snow-free and only a few minor

    snow crossings remain. It is reasonable to climb the route without an ice axe or

    crampons at this time. HOWEVER, be aware that after significant thunderstorms ice

    and verglas will be present and may provide very difficult climbing conditions making

    an ascent without crampons impossible.

    Photo taken 7/14/14

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    Photo taken 7/16/14 from the summit of the Enclosure

    JULY 8, 2014 Short sections of snow and ice remain getting to the Upper Saddle and sections of the

    Upper OS (descent route to rappels), however steps and trail are well established.

    Climbers uncomfortable with snow and ice should consider ice axe and crampons.

    Warm night have created a lot of free running water on the rocks. If a cold spell hits this

    will turn icy.

    JULY 2, 2014

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    Descent from summit of the Grand

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    Descent from the summit of the Grand

    Seargent's Chimney Rappel station

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    Descending from the Upper Saddle

    JULY 1, 2014

    Snow and ice on Belly Roll/ Crawl / Catwalk ledges

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    Snow and ice filled Double Chimney / Sargent's Chimney

    JUNE 23, 2014

    approach from lower saddle to XM ridge cut off and upper saddle

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