Currently based in Jackson, WY, Osprey Athlete Kim Havell started her career as an alpine ski coach in the Telluride, CO valley. From there, she gradually made the transition into freeskiing, climbing and ski mountaineering. She has been an instructor and/or guide for Ice Axe Expeditions, San Juan Outdoor School, CVA, Babes in the Backcountry, H2O Heli Guides, as well as a 12 year member of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team (and Advisory Board member), with medical and rescue certifications. Kim has skied on all 7 continents, with 1st descents on 4, and adventured in over 50 countries. During her travels, she has climbed and skied big peaks in the Himalaya & the Karakorum, the highest mountains across the US, with 1st descents both at home and abroad including in the Arctic and Antarctic. Kim recently became the first woman to ski-guide the Grand Teton:
On June 2nd, working for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (JHMG), Brian Warren and I summited the Grand Teton with our client, Greg Paul. Greg’s goal to ski the Grand Teton was coming true. We had made it half-way.
Greg Paul is an extraordinary athlete. He recently had a double knee replacement and is nearing 60 years of age. He has many accomplishments including ascents of several of the Seven Summits, of countless climbing routes, and of other big peaks at home and abroad. Greg and Brian had met in Nepal in the spring of 2012 during one of Greg’s big mountain quests, and the two had gone on to other adventures from that point forward.
Here is a short vimeo in Greg’s own words:
The day before we had done the approach climb of 4,000ft with our gear up to JHMG high camp. Camp sits just below the Teepee glacier and gives direct access to the ascent and descent of the main ski route off the Grand Teton (Chevy, Stettner, Ford). After a couple of hours of sleep that evening, we rose early to beat the heat on the peak. Climbing through the night, dawn arrived at 5am as we climbed out of the Stettner and into the Chevy couloir. A few hours later, we were on top.
There was a cold breeze on the summit at 8am but otherwise it was a flawless day. The sun was shining and we were alone. Assessing conditions, we realized it was firm for skiing but it was time to get moving – descending the lower couloirs in the heat of the day puts one in a direct funnel from sliding surfaces above. By 10am we were skiing the east face down into the upper Ford couloir. Brian and I set up three continuous ski-belays for Greg down to the main anchor point, where we transitioned to crampons for the final technical descent of the peak. Five rappels later, we climbed across to the Glencoe col.
Greg had skied the Grand Teton, and thanks to his knee replacement company – Ortho Development – once again has shown the power of human will and capability when it comes to pursuing your passions.
On my part, it was an honor to guide Greg with a great guide/friend/ski partner, Brian Warren, and as the first woman to ski-guide the Grand Teton, along with Greg’s accomplishment, it helps change perception of what is possible.
For more, check-out Greg’s website: