Wall Street's Step Across

The Grand Teton's Upper Exum Route

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July 17th, 2016 (UXM) PNG Variation 


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Go ahead, leap!

“When you get to the eastern extremity of Wall Street, why there isn’t any place to jump from! So I climbed as high as I could, until I was sort of secure, and jumped from a standing start!” Glenn Exum

Approaching the Step Across as Wall Street narrows.

Wall Street narrows to a slim strip of rock

The Upper Ledge of Wall Street's Step Across is simply the narrow extension of Wall Street


Lower Ledge

The Lower Ledge is just below the Upper Ledge. It's probably safer when the wind is blowing or if the area is icy. 


Upper Ledge

There are no bomber hand holds on the Upper Ledge at the end of Wall Street. Many climbers will bend over and pull up on the bottom of the rock that hangs just above your foothold. Some will stand upright and trust their footholds and work their way around the corner without the security of a good handhold. Both options work. We feel that the Lower Ledge is safer if the wind is blowing or if it's icy. The Lower Ledge doesn't have great footholds as you round the corner but small hand and footholds are available. Friction plays a part in keeping your footholds in place.


Lower Ledge as you round the corner


Upper & Lower Ledge



View from the Step Across' Upper Ledge



View down the Step Across' gap at the end of Wall Street


Another view





The Step Across.

We have never seen a climber step across this gap.


The gap

Climbers just work their way around the corner instead of stepping across it. Why Glenn Exum felt the need to jump across the gap remains a mystery to us.


Notice how narrow the Upper Ledge is  -  along the center-right side of image



Climbers waiting their turn



Looking down from the gap's Lower Ledge


The gap's fall line


View of some of your holds on the Lower Ledge


A view of your holds on the Lower Ledge




Lower Ledge

It starts out as a nice ledge and then it disappears as you round the corner.



Photographer on Upper Ledge


Climber on Lower Ledge holding onto Upper Ledge


Leaving the Step Across drops you right below the Golden Stair


View from the Upper Ledge


View from Upper Ledge




Climber on Lower Ledge



Climber exiting the Lower Exum Ridge by the Step Across


Woman coming off the Lower Exum Ridge at the eastern side of the Step Across.
Some climbers will come right up the gap.

Lower Ledge - south side


Upper ledge



Lower Ledge holds - SE side








Upper Ledge
















Climber on Upper Ledge


 
Upper Ledge












Climber on Lower Ledge










Climber on Upper Ledge


Ditto



Lower Ledge






  



Climber on Lower Ledge



Climber on Upper Ledge



Climber on Lower Ledge


Climber on Upper Ledge


Lower Ledge - south side








 Lower Ledge seen from Upper Ledge

 






Enjoy Safe Climbing