First Down Syndrome Summit of the Grand Teton


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Andrew Bob Harris Down Syndrome Grand Teton Rock Climbing

Bob Harris on a technical section of the Owen-Spalding route. Photo: Julie Ellison

On Friday, August 18, Andrew “Bob/Ducky” Harris became the first person with Down Syndrome to summit the Grand Teton. The ascent via the Owen-Spalding route took just under 12 hours from the Lupine Meadows trailhead (elev. 6,732 feet) to the summit at 13,776 feet. Led by his sister Amy Harris and his future brother-in-law Max Hammer, Bob reached the summit at 5:15 p.m. MST.