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Grand TetonsOver 20 years ago, friends John Mitchell and Wayne Burstein traveled to Jackson to climb with us. John and Wayne spent two days in our level I and level II schools learning the basics, and then headed up the Grand Teton. On the morning of July 18, 1993, they were standing on the summit.

Last week, during the summer solstice, John Mitchell returned to Jackson with his three sons David, Lewis, and Thomas. After two days of school for the sons, and a refresher course for John, the family left the Lupine Meadows trailhead with Exum Guides Brenton Reagan and Mike Abbey. This adventure would build upon a family journey that started over 20 years ago.

It was a special time to be high up in the Tetons on the longest days of the year and for the first days of the summer. Due to an excellent weather forecast, everyone was in great spirits anticipating their summit day. Day 1 brought cloudless skies, no wind, and an amazing solstice sunset. That evening, the Mitchells took one last look at the Grand Teton before crawling into their sleeping bags.

With a predawn start and a beautiful first day of summer sunrise, the family headed for the summit. It was just a few short hours later when John Mitchell got to do something most people don't get the chance to do: stand on the summit with his three sons.

It was nothing less than a spectacular site to watch this family enjoy an adventure together and then celebrate on the summit. All of us at Exum are extremely proud that the Mitchell family returned to climb with us. 20 years or so from now, we hope to see a 3rd generation of the Mitchell family standing on top. Our certificate may change again by then, but the experience itself will not change much.

"Again, I would never consider placing my entire family's lives in the hands of anyone other than an experienced Exum Guide. I thought that you were absolutely terrific and it was a pleasure and a privilege to climb with you. Thank you again for helping create a lasting memory for our family." - John D. Mitchell, M.D.

Every summer, many families and groups of friends return to climb with us. Many more climb with us for the first time, and hopefully, begin a summer tradition. We invite you to join us too - come and see what it is that John Mitchell and so many others have experienced. We're willing to bet that you too will be convinced to bring your family or friends back for the adventure.

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