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North America, United States, Wyoming, Wind River Range, Steeple Peak, North Ridge and Upper West Face

Steeple Peak, North Ridge and Upper West Face: On September 10 Gerry Holdsworth and I got underway from Clear Lake at six a.m., headed for Deep Lake at the base of Steeple and scrambled up easy slabs to the base of the north ridge. The ridge is broken by a shoulder near its top, and direct aid was needed for the last 40 feet below this shoulder. From there a scramble brought us to the base of the great north chimney (another possible route to the summit), from which we climbed upward across the west face to the south ridge. The last 120 feet were climbed up the left side of the south ridge. This enjoyable climb over good rock required nine hours from Clear Lake to the summit. Eighteen pitons were used, six for direct aid. (NCCS III, F6, A2).

Richard Ream