Grand Teton Gets 'Classic' New 5.12


8/8/12 - Veteran Teton climbers Greg Collins and Hans Johnstone have completed a seven-pitch 5.12 near the top of the Grand Teton, creating one of the range's hardest summit routes.Bean's Shining Wall of Storms (V 5.12) was an old project that Collins had started with the late Bean Bowers, who died of cancer last year. Protected with a mix of trad gear, fixed pitons, and bolts, the route has four pitches of 5.10, one 5.11-, one 5.11d/12a, and one of 5.12, and the topo describes it as having "steep rock, good protection, big holds, good cracks."

Bean's Shining Wall of Storms ascends the upper southwest face of Wyoming's second-highest peak, and the sunny aspect and relatively easy approach is likely to make it more popular among hard people than the other Grand Teton 5.12, The Golden Pillar. This route, which lies on the north face, was also put up by Collins and Johnstone, about 10 years ago.

Click here for more details on the new route and a handful of photos.

Date of ascent: July 2012