Teton Ice Disappears Again

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Bad news for alpine-ice enthusiasts: The most classic ice routes of Grand Teton National Park have melted out for the second year in a row. The Black Ice Couloir on the Grand Teton has been unclimbable since midsummer, and the ice in the Northwest Couloir of Middle Teton is mostly gone. Even the usually reliable Enclosure Couloir on the Grand is beginning to show gaps near the top. Rangers blame ongoing drought and eight consecutive weeks of 90-degree heat in the Jackson area for the meltdown.