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North America, United States, Wyoming, Tetons, Symmetry Crag #1, Southeast Ridge

Symmetry Crag #1, Southeast Ridge. Fred Beckey and John Hudson climbed this new route from Cascade Canyon on September 4. The entire south face of this crag is divided horizontally by two prominent tree ledges. To reach the first, easy but steep rock was climbed on the nose which led directly upward from the gully on the left side of the buttress. After working left along a black dike chimney and up to the right, the party reached the second tree ledge. The final section above was climbed by first descending slightly to the right (east) and then attacking the corner of the buttress. One lead up a crack system and over a small overhang, and two more pitches very near this corner brought the party to an obvious overhanging chimney about one foot wide. Although there were other possibilities, this very strenuous chimney was ascended. The difficult next pitch diagonaled up to the left over an overhang and up a shallow groove, requiring very good balance since all the holds were rounded. The climb was finished by working directly upward on small holds to an obvious dead snag that can be seen from the Cascade Canyon trail.

Leigh Ortenburger