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The showcase climb on this remote Wind River gem is the 10 pitch 5.6 North Ridge. The route features 1,500 feet of consistent 5.5 - 5.6 rock with excellent face climbing, memorable cracks, long pitches, plentiful ledges, inspiring exposure, and an intricate descent, all in a spectacular alpine setting. Ellingwood is comprised of classic Wind River granite, but expect occasional loose sections on account of the gentle gradient of the peak's ridges.
The most direct route to the Indian Basin area and the north side of Ellingwood is via the Elkhart Park trailhead near Pinedale, Wyoming. It's going to be about a 12-15 mile hike in, depending on where you camp.
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North Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'
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North Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WY : Wind River Range : ... : Ellingwood Peak
The North Ridge of Ellingwood is one of those Rocky Mountain alpine adventures that is familiar-sounding to many, but few actually put in the miles required to climb it. You'll find significant sections of 5.5 - 5.6 climbing on almost all of the 10 pitches on this route. The crux will vary a bit depending on the exact path chosen, but expect all manner of 5.6 climbing, including face, cracks, and overhangs. The rock is overall of very high quality, but don't forget that it's still the mountai...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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