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Patty's Ridge 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

   
Type:  Trad, 700'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Wasatch Mountain Club?
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Submitted By: grk10vq on Oct 2, 2008

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Description 

A route that is open to interpretation, Patty's Ridge is an adventure route which can be done a number of different ways. Climb aretes, cracks, and corners over forgiving, and sometimes fragile terrain. This ridge is a good outing to practice traditional, varied climbing.

Locate and ascend a right-facing corner and stop at a solid rest. Build a belay is doing this in short pitches. The crux will come for some on the 2nd half of the ridge where there is a nice fist crack near the arete. There is a touchy move in the middle of this stretch, which keep things exciting. This line offers great views, great climbing and great exposure! The 1st half of the ridge is the crux and the steepest section of rock.

There is a bit of loose rock here and there, but easily spotted and can be avoided.

Location 

This ridge actually separates Stairs Gulch from the Buena Vista, Redrum, Geezer Wall Ridge.

Hike up the Stairs Gulch Trail. When you are almost out of the Dead Snag/Glass Ocean area a dark quartzite ridge runs down to the stream separating the area's. This is Patty's Ridge.

Protection 

A super light set of cams and nuts if comfortable at the grade, or a full set plus plenty of slings and a cordelette if you're just getting some leads under your belt. If you start in the wide corner at the bottom bring something big like hexes, or a #3 or #4.

At the end of the ridge is a loose scree gulley that runs east/west, get into this by walking to the west side of the ridge (faint trail) then down the gulley into Stairs Gulch.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Patty's Ridge from near the creekbed coming down f...
Patty's Ridge from near the creekbed coming down f...
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch of Pattys Ridge.
First pitch of Pattys Ridge.
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Looking up the beautiful, exposed section of the r...

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By zaq
Jun 16, 2016

CONDITION REPORT 
Did this route earlier today a couple things.

The route is great, the arete on the 2nd pitch is hard to protect but you have to look for it

The 3rd pitch had a snake in the hand crack crux of the climb. Traversed over and took another crack to the top.

The descent had many bushes at the top, after it was just a scree field. Easy to follow back down to the river, even in the moonlight
By Alec
Jun 10, 2012
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

There's a really nice, 30ft splitter finger crack about 2/3rd of the way up the ridge.
By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Jun 16, 2012

We did it in three pitches and it added up to about 500' long total. The pitch lengths are very approximate.

Pitch 1: Start around the left side of the ridge, not too far above the stream, and head up one of the corner/crack systems. Belay at a flat stance on the ridge. 120'.

Pitch 2: Gingerly scramble through some dark quartzite until you're on the great, exposed arete/ridge. Climb the whole of the arete and belay partway up a dihedral on a stance/ledge made up of rickety blocks. 220'. (Note that you might not make it to the belay spot even with a 70m rope if you don't belay high enough at the top of pitch 1.)

Pitch 3: Climb the rest of the way up the nice dihedral until it ends at a flat spot, then move left. Climb a steep, short hand crack (route crux) and then another short arete section until it flattens out and the ridge pretty much ends. 150'.

Descent: Again, this is how we did it so take it for what it's worth. From the top-out spot, unrope and walk along a faint trail up the right side of what was the ridge until you can drop down into a gully. Follow this gully for a while; no bushwhacking is really required. If you get to a point where there's a steep cliff dropoff, head 50 feet back up the gully and look for a notch heading into another gully (the notch will be on you're right as you're looking back up the gully). From there, follow the scree slope down. When it heads, contour right against the cliff until you're back at the stream and the Stairs Gulch trail.
By PeterSLenz
From: Salt Lake City
Oct 24, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

Look at Tristan's excellent Beta photo of the ridge. I added some comments about a reasonable descent route.
By John Steiger
3 days ago

Tempted to toggle the fourth star for this one. It's longer that Steorts', has similar exposure and exciting moves, and the rock is almost as solid -- plus it has magnificent views of Stairs Gulch and the East Face of Storm Mountain, and is nearly as historical as Steorts'. It starts less than 40 feet from the well-trod Stairs Gulch trail, and the descent as described by Tristan and Peter takes you back to the base. Except for maybe ten feet to get on the route, one can stay on the crest of the ridge the entire way for maximum exposure (protection on the crest may be more problematic, though, although the climbing is still 5.6ish -- a great line for the minimalist's after-work circuit).
By James Garrett
2 days ago

Agree with Steiger ("climber" or "overseer" in German:)), though I easily give it 4 stars despite a few misgivings. It is really a fun and classic climb, however, if you are a new 5.6 trad leader, take one of everything on this climb....you will probably use it, and your following partner will appreciate it. Wonderful views and ambience.

No fixed gear, not even some of the old Alpenbock pitons that used to appear here and there...so it is a great multi-pitch beginner trad line, but if you have a super light rack as mentioned above, you will have to run it out:)...pretty sewable if you want to be creative. Additionally, you will probably have the route to yourself.

As historic as this route is, loose chossy rock and lichen persist. Still, mega classic in my book...though the loose steepish scree descent tarnishes the ascent experience and may well be the crux of the entire endeavor.
By John Steiger
2 days ago

Okay, if James is in, I'm going for it – toggled up. Did it again last night (was that your chalk James?). Another plus, the route ends on a true summit, not just a point on the ridge like Steorts', and I like the scree field -- just point 'em downhill and stay light. Looking for info on Patty Parmelee (who Gottman says the ridge is named for); anyone got anything? PS, thanks for the update to the page Gregg.
By James Garrett
13 hours ago

I was "marking the way" for Franziska:):)... Yea, right:) might have been a bit excessive.... It is sad that Gottman left the party way too early. Maybe the descent will grow on me if we do it more than once every 20 years!!!:)

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