My teenage son has always had a passion for experiencing sunrise on the summit of a mountain. Two years ago, Max read about the comming 2017 eclipse and realized the line of totality crossed right over the summit of Grand Teton. It was decided then that our family of 4 (two teenagers) would be making the trip to Jackson to climb the almost 14k foot mountain to watch the eclipse. The bonus of this vantage point was that we'd be able to watch the "black curtain" shaddow come across the earth before it passed over us.
The experience did not dissapoint! We began our hike at 4am in order to make the 8 mile trek up the mountain, in time to catch the eclipse. We watched the amazing black shaddow flood across the earth and pass over us as the afternoon turned to complete darkness. The joy and awe of the experience brought out hoots and whistles from the 50 inspired climbers who had made the extreme effort to catch this unique opportunity.The circle of light turned into a sparkling diamond ring before the light returned to earth. Absolutely amazing and one of the best experiences our family has ever had! The expereince is documented in my son Max's "Adventures To The Max" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKFryKqXWFo&t=317s