Burke lookin' a little cold — and probably relieved to be in the seated position — on his 50-peak traverse in the Tetons. Crista Valentino photo.
Ryan Burke of Jackson, Wyoming, is officially the first person to traverse all 50 of the prominent peaks in the Teton Range—and he did it in seven days.
According to a recent story on Pitch Engine, Burke began on the eve of August 20 — after an eight-hour work shift — by kayaking across Jackson Lake. His first summit was Ranger Peak, and over the next seven days, for 14 hours a day, he'd summited every peak in his path until he reached the top of Mt. Glory on Teton Pass.
That's 50 peaks, 102 miles, and over 112,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. (Reportedly, he was seen at Jackson's favorite Mexican joint, Pica's, just one hour after. Yep, I get that.)
The traverse includes a metric ton of bush whacking, route finding, and the ability to climb technical routes on peaks like Mt Moran, Mt. Owen, The Grand Teton and The Middle Teton (just to name a few) unroped.
For Burke, the traverse also included a bear sighting in the dark, 65-mile per hour winds, a chipped a tooth, rock fall, and spreading the ashes of a lost friend on all 50 peaks.
He also managed to expand our perception of what's possible.
For even more deets, read the full story on Pitch Engine.
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