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Direct South Ridge 
Direct South Ridge, Garnet Traverse Variation 

Nez Perce 


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Elevation: 11,901'
Location: 43.7193, -110.7976 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Mike Snyder, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Alec on Aug 20, 2012
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Description 

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.


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Featured Route For Nez Perce
The South Ridge from the col on the approach.  The route follows the skyline just to the right.  The first pitch is not visible here, but tucked away behind a small tower about 1/3 of the way up the photo.

Direct South Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 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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