How do you think the unique geography of the mountain has influenced the culture of the climbing community?
I’m not sure about mountain landscapes shaping people. I’ve seen all sorts of good and bad human qualities in Teton climbers. I do feel that pitting oneself through the trials one encounters in the mountains can forge a work-hardened aspect that can be seen as “good” in certain individuals. But I’ve also seen individuals that brought their demons to the mountains and they still had those same demons when they died. I am of the opinion that the mountains are a setting for human experience, but that landscape doesn’t change most people.
A cold view of the Grand Teton. [Photo] Matthew Turley