Grand Teton National Park
The De Anza College Outdoor Club takes a trip between summer and fall quarters to
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming almost every year.
http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons is the main trip page with all the planned activities and links to other (not club sponsored) activities, such as mountain climbing, art galleries, white water rafting, trail rides, restaurants, rodeo, backpacking…
http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-trip-pages-index has a list of all the trip webpages, OR
Try an edit-find function (hold down Ctrl, then type the letter F) on your computer to ‘search’ this page.
If you will be staying in a Colter Bay cabin, http://marydonahue.org/colter-bay-cabins-grand-teton-national-park has details about the cabins and the logistics of sharing one.
If you want to get a better room, or even a suite with fabulous view, fireplace, fridge, etc, read more at: http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-hotels-cabins-lodging
Campers can take a look at a map of Colter Bay campground http://marydonahue.org/map-of-colter-bay-campground-grand-teton-national-park Grand Teton National park
Grand Tetons trip cost http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-trip-cost
has examples of
The cheap trip,
The not-so cheap trip,
The slightly more costly trip, but less driving time,
also known as the I-can’t-get-much-time-off-work trip,
and The Expensive Trip.
http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-restaurants describes the restaurants in the park and has links to menus of ones in town.
Grand Tetons kayaking
http://marydonahue.org/kayaks-and-trailer-use has practical hints for drivers of tow vehicles that tow the kayak trailer on our trips.
Bike riding http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-biking is not an official part of the Grand Teton national park college trip. This page has rules, advice and suggested routes, links to maps, in and out of the park for mountain and road bikes. It includes statistics about cyclist encounters with grizzly bears.
Grand Tetons sightseeing
Grand Teton National Park weather
Grand Tetons trip transportation,
has flight info, driving distances (this is a 1,000 mile each way road trip) and guesses at gas cost, previous trip examples, AND trip notes with where to find some mega-cheaper gas stations and ways to keep from driving the slow route through towns on the route by not taking the obvious freeway exit.
During our trip, if your driver has plans for the day that you don’t want to participate in, or if you arrive by plane before the main group, or if your driver stayed up late and slept in all morning, there is plenty to do at or from Colter Bay without access to your own vehicle. See at NO CAR ON OUR TRIP?
Snow or rain camp must haves http://marydonahue.org/snow-or-rain-camp-must-haves is the list of equipment YOU MUST HAVE (followed by the list of things YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD) to go on the Outdoor Club annual Grand Teton National Park summer trips. For a checklist of all of the gear (but without all the reasons and descriptions) go to http://marydonahue.org/snow-camp-equipment-checklist
for advice from previous trip members go to Grand Tetons trip equipment http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-trip-equipment
Road trip advice and etiquette to improve your road trip to this adventure, is at:
(For fun), camping blunders are at:
and the answer to the question, "How many people can you fit in an eight person tent? is at:
fatal, near-fatal or close-call incidents, accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering is at:
camping solutions for women
Hiking advice has hot weather hiking advice, hiking logistics and the answer to the question: When is the best time of day to cross a mountain stream?
Thunderstorm and lightning safety includes the answer to the question: Why can’t you swim during a lightning storm? A strike on a lake doesn’t kill all the fish in the lake.
Carpools are arranged among the students going on the trips, not by the club or the college. For info on how to get/give a ride go to http://marydonahue.org/carpool-faqs
http://marydonahue.org/thunderstorm-and-lightning-safety During a thunderstorm, don’t take a shower or use a sink, including washing dishes. Don’t talk on a land line phone. Don’t use your I pod. Don’t get zapped!
Whitewater rafting http://marydonahue.org/grand-tetons-whitewater-rafting is not an official part of the trip, but often students rent a raft together.
Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton national park is one of the best hikes we have taken.
If you want to go on the kayak overnight you MUST read String Lake to Leigh Lake, Grand Teton National Park http://marydonahue.org/string-lake-to-leigh-lake-grand-teton-national-park
Read about safety at (wildlife) bear jams http://marydonahue.org/wildlife-jams
Grand Tetons backpacking
Grand Teton mountain range peak names
NASA aerial photo of the Grand Teton mountain range
http://marydonahue.org/jackson-hole-wyoming Jackson Hole, Wyoming has a description of the main streets and how to find the Whole Grocer, Albertson’s, K Mart, Ace hardware, Teton County library, St John’s Medical Center, skate park, city parks with sand volleyball and/or tennis courts and more.
http://marydonahue.org/map-of-jenny-lake-campground-grand-teton-national-park map of Jenny Lake campground
Signal Mountain campground map and notes http://marydonahue.org/signal-mountain-campground-map
The trip pages index for the Grand Teton National Park road trip is at:
Enhance your hike by reading:
The day hike gear section at the Camping equipment checklist
Leave no trace
GORP and hiking snacks
http://marydonahue.org/cell-phones-in-the-wilderness Cell phones in the wilderness, which has advice on how/when to use a cell phone to contact 911 in the wilderness and a warning about interference between cell phones, iPods and avalanche beacons.
You can't always expect a helicopter rescue
GPS is not infallible
Can a person who is prescribed an epi-pen risk going into the wilderness? and some sting prevention notes are at: http://marydonahue.org/anaphylaxis-quick-facts Anaphylaxis quick facts
animal sign comparisons http://marydonahue.org/animal-sign-comparisons
What did we just see, and elk or a moose / a black bear or a grizzly?
Rocky Mountain mammal size comparisons http://marydonahue.org/rocky-mountain-mammal-size-comparisons
http://marydonahue.org/bears Bears has links to general info about bears, then practicalities of camping and backpacking around bears, (food storage, what to do if you see a bear) mostly geared towards De Anza College Outdoor Club trips around black bears in California.
Grizzlies are rare in Grand Teton national park, where we travel between summer and fall quarters, but growing in number. You will be lucky to even see one from a distance. Your safety in grizzly bear territory http://marydonahue.org/your-safety-in-grizzly-bear-territory tells you what to do if you see a bear in the distance or a bear charges you and has info, including links to park videos about using Bear Pepper Sprays, which are not the same as your personal defense pepper spray. The page includes what might happen just before a bison charges.Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park photos
NASA aerial photo of Teton Range