Symmetry Spire, rising immediately above Jenny Lake, appears insignificant when the entire range is viewed from a distance, but this small peak has played a major role in the development and history of Teton mountaineering. The routes pioneered by Durrance and Jensen became early classics of the range and served as standard objectives for enterprising climbers who wished to apply their skill to Teton rock. With the advent of newer, more difficult rock climbs such as those in Death, Garnet, and Cascade Canyons, the Symmetry climbs have seen reduced activity, but they remain fine climbs and even today can be recommended. Although it is primarily a rock climber's peak, ice axes must usually be taken because of the steep snow in Symmetry Couloir in early season and in the Southwest Couloir even in mid-season.
Climbing and mountaineering are inherently dangerous pursuits. This website is not a substitute for good judgment. Route conditions and photos will be updated whenever possible, but ulimately the responsibility rests with you and your partners while in the Tetons. Please stop in and see us at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station when you're in town, or give us a call at 307.739.3343, 8-5pm MST during the peak of the summer.