American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Wyoming - Tetons, Nez Perce, South-Southwest Ridge

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  • Publication Year: 1971

Nez Perce, South-southwest Ridge. This ridge lies immediately west of the direct south ridge and leads to the subsummit about a hundred feet west of the true summit of Nez Perce. It was first climbed on August 13 by Leigh and Irene Ortenburger and David Coward after approaching from the Platforms in Garnet Canyon. From the higher col separating Shadow Peak from Nez Perce a traverse west led past the vertical beginning of the south-southwest ridge, which was avoided in favor of a large obvious chimney on the west flank of the ridge. After three straightforward pitches the chimney culminated in an overhang which was passed by an awkward pitch (F6) on the left (west) side. The next pitch led first up a narrow chimney and then out on an exposed face to the right onto the crest of the ridge. From this point the remainder of the ridge was ascended via F3 and F4 rock just east of the crest, although it could have been attacked directly up to the subsummit.

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