rgold is correct when he says "the Tetons have a modest alpine character." There are lots of excellent alpine rock routes, but little snow and ice. The only mountaineering skills required are common sense, good judgement and the ability to glissade. I enjoyed the pre-climb bivvies and the glissading back to the lake almost as much as the climbs.
Not sure how/why we had a small fire going.... Partner may be Joe faint? Hard to tell.
Dennis Mehmet and his g/f on the right side.
I have posted this one before. Relaxing in the old climbers' camp at Jenny Lake.
Teton's is where I learned what it really meant to climb. My baptism by fire was on the Snaz; my first multipitch and I had only lead my first trad route the week before. Afterwards I knew I would always be a climber. That was in 1993 and I climbed there much of the 90's. In the 2000's, I spent time elsewhere but have recently going back to the Tetons annually and am still in love with the place. Crowds? Sure. But only on a few routes. Coudn't believe how many folks are doing the Traverse. Had three parties in front of us and one behind us in August a few years ago. There are so many other excellent unsung climbs and peaks.
Climbed the Snaz again last year and, after 23 years It has not lost it's appeal.
I have been working on an article that focuses on historical ascents of one of our mountains in Turkey, the Parmakkaya Tower (Finger Tower or DirekTas) which saw its 1st ascent in 1972 by John Waterman and Dennis Mehmet.
I tried to contact Dane Waterman (cousion of John Waterman) with a hope to get some information if possible but I was not successful to reach him.
I know John Waterman has passed away. But I have no clue about Mr.Dennis Mehmet -who was his partner in that ascent.
I noticed you have some photos above of Dennis Mehmet.
Unfortunately I do not know if Dennis Mehmet is (and hopefully) still alive; if he is, I would really appreciate if you can advise or help me to reach him or anyone who knows him in person that I could get some information. (So far Alan Rubin shared lots of info with me on those times but I would be glad to gather more info.)
Again I apologize if this is an off-topic request.
I read your request earlier, on your other thread. Sorry, but I can't help, The last I heard of Dennis was when I read his article in Ascent.
I first met him in Yos, and we both hitched separately to the Tetons. We did several routes together, and shared the same communal campsite. He was a good guy, and a good climbing partner. Like you, I hope that he is still alive and kickin'. He is standing on the right in the last photo above.
Life is so much easier with email. I have lost track of almost all of my early climbing partners.
North Ridge/North Face Direct combo on the Grand
Lower Black Ice/ West Face on the Grand combo
North Face of the Enclosure on the Grand
Complete Exum Ridge
South Buttress Right of Mt. Moran
The Cathedral Traverse
Enclosure Ice Gully/SW Ridge of the Enclosure combo