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Nez Perce  

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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 Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Nez Perce:
Direct South Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   
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The buttress is foreshortened in the upper part of...

Direct South Ridge, Garnet Traverse Variation 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  WY : Grand Teton National Park : Nez Perce
A variation to the Direct South Ridge that tackles the steep headwall near the top of the ridge. Where the main route traverses to the right, this goes straight up. We found the crux to be getting through the obvious black rock band about 100 feet up the buttress. A fixed pin here indicates you're on route. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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