More people die while climbing unroped in Grand Teton National Park than while doing any other activity. Just this past weekend, two Jackson women in their 20s died in a fall while ascending Teewinot’s East Face. They were not using ropes at the time of the fall.

Avalanches are the second leading cause of fatalities.

— Kelsey Dayton is a freelancer and the editor of Outdoors Unlimited and has worked as a reporter for the Jackson Hole News&Guide. For the unedited version of this story, log on to

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