Resources

UW-NPS Small Grant Final Report

Logo of the UW-NPS Research Station (round, with a drawing of the Tetons, a cabin, and wildlife)

Oral histories of Exum Mountain Guides who began guiding between 1947 and 1965,” by Kimberly Geil, PhD and Yolonda Youngs, PhD is the final report for a University of Wyoming-National Park Service Small Grant received by the authors in 2017. Learn about the similarities and differences between how the guides in that time period got hired on at Exum and learned to guide, their educational levels, their careers outside of guiding, life at Guides Hill, and more – including stories of marmots and soup cans! Note: click here, then on the yellow PDF button on the top of the next page to read the whole report. And check out the great picture of Al Read carrying up a piece of the 1960 Smith Hut to the Lower Saddle!

Grand Teton Summit Registers

In Grand Teton National Park, from the late 1920s up until the 1980s, there were summit registers on the top of most all the commonly climbed peaks in the range. As the notebooks filled up, they were brought down to the valley and replaced with fresh ones, ready for those who had achieved the summit to record their names. By the 1980s, as interest in climbing exploded, the number of climbers was too great and it was no longer feasible to maintain the summit registers.

Thanks to Paul Horton, former owner of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and local climbing historian, the summit registers have been saved and digitized. You can access them here: http://www.tetonclimbinghistory.com.

The summit register entry from Glenn Exum’s historic first ascent of the Exum Ridge of the Grand Teton, July 9, 1931. Courtesy of Paul Horton, Teton Climbing History

Mountain Men (and Women) – Past and Present

Get insight into how the original mountain men who traveled through the area at the turn of the 19th century impact the culture of the town of Jackson, WY today, and better understand how mountain men, or the idea of them, have “evolved” into current day mountain men and women in Jackson.

Created by local resident Ellis Givens, this three-part podcast draws on interviews with multiple people, including Exum guides Jessica Baker, Christian Santelices, and Jack Tackle, and Exum office staff Jane Gallie and Kimberly Geil.

Episode 1: The first of three podcasts that aims to look at the American mountain men of the fur trade and their lasting impact on the town of Jackson Hole and the American West as a whole. This episode discusses some of the mountain men to venture into areas surrounding current-day Jackson Hole, what their lives were like, and why these individuals wanted to explore in the American West during the early 1800s. https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/the-evolution-of-the-mountain-man-episode-1-of-3by-ellis-givens/

Episode 2: The second of three podcasts that aims to look at the American mountain men of the fur trade and their lasting impact on the town of Jackson Hole and the American West as a whole. This episode has interviews from climbing and hunting guides answering questions pertaining to their lives; why they dare to make a living in mountains of Western Wyoming, why these mountains are so nostalgic and revered, and if there are similarities between their lives and those of the original mountain men here in the 1800s. https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/the-evolution-of-the-mountain-man-episode-2-of-3/

Episode 3: The last of three podcasts that aims to look at the American mountain men of the fur trade and their lasting impact on the town of Jackson Hole and the American West as a whole. This episode still has interviews from climbing and hunting guides discussing how the connection that Jackson Hole, our mountains, and those who spend time in them has to the original mountain men. On a larger scale, however, this final podcast looks at both the positive and negative aspects to come from this connection to the individuals from the fur trade era and how that impacts the culture of the mountains, towns, and people of the American West today. https://archive.storycorps.org/interviews/the-evolution-of-the-mountain-man-episode-3-of-3/

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