Dec 12

Teton Aerials

Flying in and out of Jackson can be an amazing experience – or incredibly frustrating if you happen to be unceremoniously, anti-climatically smashed into a window seat on the wrong side of the plane. I’ve always wanted to shoot the Tetons from the air, so with a healthy bit of snow already frosting the high peaks and a two-day window of photo-friendly high pressure last week, I decided to take chance out of the equation and go up in a little Cessna at sunrise to see what I might see.

At the worst I figured it would be a fun, though somewhat costly adventure, but at the very least I knew the photos would probably be pretty decent. I got up at 4:45 and drove over to Driggs in the dark last Monday morning, only to find a thick bank of clouds over the Grand, and called off the flight. Aerial photoshoots always generate the most anxiety, but the next morning I repeated the nervous drive and everything came together on cue – I spent two hours above 14,000 feet, circling the Tetons in perfect morning light – the sum of which was one of the most ridiculous, incredible spectacles I’ve been lucky enough to witness since living in Jackson. Turns out the photos were pretty good too.

So, enjoy…

Southern-facing view over Mt. Moran

Grand Teton – North Face

Cathedral Group Summits – South, Middle, Dissapointment, Grand, Owen, and Teewinot

Summits of South, Middle and Grand Teton as viewed from the south at 14,300 ft

Looking south from somewhere over the remote northwestern part of the range

Low clouds over Jackson Lake

The abrupt rise and complexity of the terrain becomes apparent…

Looking north over the range

Summit of the Grand with the summit of Middle in the foreground, the Exum Ridge marking the line between light and dark on the Grand

Arguably some of the best ski terrain in the world – the southern Tetons from Granite Canyon to Rendezvous Peak

Detail – Top of the Tram and Cody Peak

A rare self-portrait!