We were thrilled to complete The Grand Picnic in 19.5 hours on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2023.  Two close friends – Andrew Talansky and Tony Scarponi and 1 who will now be a friend forever – Jason Smith joined the adventure (at the last minute!).  We started The Grand Picnic at 1 AM out of the town square in Jackson Hole and it involves a 22 mile road bike ride to Jenny Lake; 1.3 mile swim across the lake; Summit The Grand Teton including a 23 mile hike and some really great rock climbing for the top 3 hours or so from the Upper Saddle of the Grand; swim back across the lake and then pedal back to town.  The entire round trip was just over 70 miles (but my phone died on the bike ride back into town).

Tony has joined me for countless adventures from motocross, to alpine ascents, summiting peaks, huge cycles, hikes, and more and it was the first of what will be many with Andrew and Jason I suspect!  As a matter of fact, we are already planning the next adventures in TRUCKEE, CA on SEPTEMBER 8 and 10th.  BIG Gravel Ride on FRI SEP 8 and BIG Mountain bike Ride on Sunday SEP 10th(all the way around Lake Tahoe).

It was a long day but went smooth as can be and the weather was PERFECT.  We were scheduled for the event on THU but had to bring it in at the last minute to WED to accommodate the bad weather that rolled in.  If we had waited, there was no chance we would have been able to summit The Grand.  Some of the highlights include: