The Grand Traverse has become a truly iconic route holding lore and reverence from the climbing and running communities alike, it is a traverse of ten of the Grand Teton’s range most important summits. The starting elevation in the valley floor is 6,700', starting and finishing at Lupine Meadows Trailhead.
The first ascent of the Grand Traverse from south to north was by Allen Steck, Dick Long and John Evans in 1963 in just over 21 hours. In 1988 the Traverse was done by Alex Lowe in 8h15m, and in 2001 legendary pro climber Rolando Garibotti (IG) set the speed record for completing the entire traverse in 6h47m. That record stood for over 15 years, until Nick Elson (TW, IG) bested it in 2016.