Exum throwing locals a rope

By Jim Stanford on June 6, 2012

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After a mild spring, many summits will be in reach earlier this year.

Temperature swings of 40 and even 50 degrees are not uncommon in Jackson Hole, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a transition from summer to winter weather as abrupt as yesterday afternoon’s.

Regardless, the high peaks should be accessible to climbers earlier this year, thanks to an early melt-off. And ski mountaineers still have a few weeks of easy gliding down to the Meadows in Garnet Canyon.

Given these opportunities, Exum Mountain Guides is offering two-for-one deals for residents on both sides of the Teton Range through June 30. The specials apply to day climbs, Grand Teton packages, Grand Teton prep schools and ski mountaineering (aside from skiing the Grand). Exum also is giving $99 mountain safety courses on June 16, 23 and 30 to teach climbers the basics.

The company is reaching out to locals while looking to keep guides busy until tourists arrive. “This is a great way for Exum to thank the ones who have been supporting us for years,” Exum president Nat Patridge said.

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