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Nez Perce Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,901'
Location: 43.7193, -110.7976 View Map  Incorrect?
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Nez Perce north face, September 1st 2014.


One of the more prominent peaks in the Tetons, Nez Perce (nay pur-say) towers over the valley south of the Middle and Grand Teton. When approaching via Garnet Canyon, the peak is to your left (south) and makes up a large portion of the skyline. There are several technical climbs on just about every aspect, though some suffer from poor rock quality.

The classic route on the peak is the South Ridge. Just about every route could be climbed in a (long) day from the valley, but a start from within Garnet Canyon (either the Platforms or Meadows) makes for a less grueling day.

Getting There 

Hike up Garnet Canyon from the Lupine Meadows trailhead. Depending on your chosen route, ascend a couloir above the Platforms or continue up the drainage angling N of the Middle Teton.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Nez Perce

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Nez Perce:
Direct South Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The South Ridge from the col on the approach.  The...

Direct South Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  WY : Grand Teton National Park : Nez Perce
Probably the finest route on the peak, the South Ridge provides an enjoyable passage up mostly solid, golden granite to the summit. The difficulties are not sustained, with many easy 5th class sections broken up by short 5.6-5.7 steps. The crux is likely passing through a notch on a short wall on pitch six -- a few fun, steep, well-protected moves.We didn't do the last two pitches as the 5.8 variation looked like a more direct finish up the steep headwall near the top of the ridge. However, i...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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