A Vail resident recently visited his friend who lives in Jackson, WY and what better way to spend some quality time with your bro than completing a 44 mile ski tour on the Teton Crest Trail in a single day?
According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Lucas Onan of Vail and local Ryan Burke completed the feat on April 28th after going all the way from Paintbrush Canyon in Grand Teton National Park to the Phillips Bench on Teton Pass. They began the tour at approximately 8pm on April 27th.
“I can say it was definitely one of the most challenging things I’ve done, and we each had our minor meltdowns as we were lacking in the food, water, and sleep departments. But, man, was it worth it!” – Lucas Onan
The accomplishment is likely a first in the Tetons, with some experts saying they don’t know of anyone to have done the complete Teton Crest in less than two days. What’s even more impressive is that Onan is considered an adaptive athlete. Due to a medical condition known as arthrogryposis, his left arm never completely developed.
In just the past two years, Onan and Burke have summited the Grand Teton and completed the infamous Moranic Picnic.
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Most walks in the park don’t take 22 hours. But hey it was a nice day so we decided to keep going. Teton crest trail/paintbrush canyon to teton pass: 43 miles. 8:30 pm departure time. @lukon90 always brings the goods! It’s rare to find a person with both extraordinary talent and such remarkable character…thanks Lucus for being a role model to me and “adaptive” athletes worldwide.
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Completed the ski tour version of the entire Teton Crest Trail this past weekend. I’ve only hung out with Ryan a handful of days and we’ve already covered well over 100 miles of human powered travel and thousands of feet of vert together. Covering 5 disciplines- biking, running, climbing, swimming and skiing. This adventure included biking 45 minutes down a closed road to the trailhead to start our 43 mile ski tour. We set out at 8 o’clock on Friday night in Paintbrush Canyon and finished at Teton Pass at 6 pm the next day. Non stop movement for 22 hrs and over 12,000 feet of vertical gain. I can say it was definitely one of the most challenging things I’ve done, and we each had our minor meltdowns as we were lacking in the food, water, and sleep departments. But, man, was it worth it! It’s an interesting place to be when you have to push to your limits. When your feet are raw and swollen in ski boots that have been on for far too long. It really gives you an idea of what you’re truly capable of and how much you can push yourself. The places we’ve seen at odd times of the day are so worth it! Give me a few days and I’ll be ready for the next one! @ryan_burke11 Shoutout to @cafoundation for helping me out with the set of skis! This would have been insanely hard/impossible without them! @ultimatedirectionusa
Find the entire Jackson Hole News and Guide story here: Teton Crest Trail done in 22-hour sufferfest