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The Black Kaweah
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South West Ridge T 

South West Ridge 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 4000', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
FA: Albert Ellingwood Carl Blaurock 1928
Season: Summer
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Submitted By: scottthelen on Feb 25, 2011

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South West and West Ridge on the left sky line


From the High Sierra Trail head up the ridge. At about 12000' you will hit the west ridge. Follow the ridge over a series of extremely loose towers gaps and gully's to the final summit ridge.
(note)- We stayed as close to ridge crest as possible. A easier route can be found well below the ridge line good luck.


Black Kaweah is about 20 miles from any direction and aside from all the people on the High Sierra Trail it feels very remote.
We descended the South West Face which is like a spiral stair case with a few class 4 sections (very classic).


We took a rope a set of stoppers and some slings just to be safe.
We didn't use any of it.
Bring your helmet

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