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Friday August 25, 2011 – 13:25 pm.
I decided to split the previous post into two, with this one having the ruins part: Last week climbers had already confirmed to have seen some ‘ruins’ practically at the top of Grand Teton. The other day, a local hiker I met at the Tavern described the directions to the ruins atop Grand Teton as: hike from Lupine Meadow Trail to ‘Lower Saddle”, then head up to ‘Higher Saddle” before you get to technical climbing. Just before, at “High Saddle” is where they’re at. They’re simply circled stones, 10 feet diameter max perhaps, he said, “nothing special like what you’d find in Peru or so”. “Seems mostly like a wind shelter.”, one guy said. But they’re not new, since, reportedly, they were already there when the first European-descent pioneers explored these peaks over a century ago and found “10-feet diameter granite rock circles.” It’s been called “The Enclosure” for as long as white folks have climbed up there. This history resource goes into more detail, describing the “structure” [my emphasis]:
- CLICK banner to access source: http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/grte2/hrs16.htm
[excerpt with photo!]: ” … The Snake River Division traveled north from Ogden, Utah, by horseback along the old stagecoach route to Fort Hall. Converting to a pack train at this point, they then ventured east and established a base camp at the mouth of Teton Creek on the west side of the range on July 23, 1872. This base camp was occupied for nine days until August 2.
On July 27, a party of six including William H. Jackson, Charles Campbell, Philo Beveridge, Alexander Sibley, and perhaps John M. Coulter, explored the north fork of Teton Canyon for the first time. They also made the first ascent of Table Mountain, where just below the summit Jackson exposed his now-famous negatives, and gave the world its first glimpse of these mighty peaks. Meanwhile, 14 other members of the expedition attempted an ascent of the Grand Teton, leaving camp on July 28 and establishing a high camp in the south fork of Teton Canyon. Two of the 14, Nathaniel Langford and James Stevenson, claimed to have reached the summit via an ice cliff from the Upper Saddle on July 29, 1872. Three other members of the expedition reached the Lower Saddle. Frank Bradley, a geologist, stopped at the saddle to wait for the mercurial barometer carried by Rush Taggart, assistant geologist; while two 17-year-old boys, Sidford Hamp and Charles Spencer, continued some distance above the Lower Saddle but, in all probability, stopped short of the Upper Saddle. There is no question that Langford and Stevenson reached the Upper Saddle and the Enclosure, as they were the first to describe the archeological structure located at that lofty site. Langford mentioned this structure in an article that later appeared in Scribner’s Monthly. His first description of the site was given to a reporter from the Helena Herald the day after the expedition was finished, and is probably the most accurate:
The top of the Teton, and for 300 feet below, is composed entirely of blocks of granite, piled up promiscuously, and weighing from 20 to 500 pounds. On the apex these granite slabs have been placed on end, forming a breastwork about three feet high, enclosing a space six or seven feet in diameter; and while on the surrounding rocks there is not a particle of dust or sand, the bottom of the enclosure is covered with a bed of minute particles of granite not larger than the grains of common sand, that the elements have worn off from these vertical blocks until it is nearly a foot in depth. This attrition must have been going on for hundreds and, perhaps, thousands of years, and it is the opinion of Mr. Langford that centuries have elapsed since the granite slabs were placed in the position in which they were found. 
|The Enclosure on the summit of the western spur of the Grand Teton. Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum|
Hence we see the origin of the name of the “Enclosure,” which now refers not just to the structure, but to the entire western spur of the great peak. Who actually built the Enclosure? It is possible, of course, that it was the mysterious Michaud during the course of his attempt. It is more likely, however, that American Indians constructed it long before 1843, possibly as a vision quest site. …”
In a previous travel ramble I mentioned the Lemurians, allegedly a higher-dimensional civilization said to live inside Mt. Shasta in Northern California. In “Revelations of the New Lemuria” by Aurelia Louise Jones, in Chapter Two – Lemuria – Her Origin – Page 11 the channeled voice of ‘Adama High Priest of Telos’ reports that the The Temple Of Union inside Mt. Shasta is related to the Grand Teton Peak’s here in Wyoming, which would serve (at that higher vibrational reality) as “The Grand Teton Retreat Teaching Center”. Source with book excerpts: http://www.tetonrainbows.com/ArchivesMtShasta.pdf
Anyhow, I have no clue. But hauling 500 pound slabs of granite seems a bit ridiculous to create a wind shelter, though… Perhaps there’s a lot more to it…
Somethings are lovely simply because of they mystery they’re wrapped in…