South Ghost Climbing
|Shared By:||Jordan Ramey on Aug 10, 2011|
|Admins:||Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra|
DescriptionThe South Ghost is general considered the area across the dry riverbed from the Big Hill and south into Devil's Gap. This area contains both excellent ice and rock routes and is worth the wear and tear on your vehicle to have a taste.
Pro's of the area:
- Awesome climbing for both ice and rock
- Generally solid grey rock
- Remote Climbs and few crowds
- Awesome camping
- Limitless potential for new routes
Con's of the area:
- Remote, so rescue and cell phone usage are difficult to non-existant propositions
- Not a lot of moderate rock routes (<5.9)
- Road can be unpleasant to downright awful
- The occasional insane off-roader / atv'er / dirtbiker that you'll swear is trying to kill you with their driving
- Occasional partying folks that trash their campsite
Camping / Etiquette
While camping is unrestricted in many areas outside the national park boundary, it is imperative to tread lightly in this fragile ecosystem. Please use established fire rings, which are very abundant in the good camping spots. Pack out or burn all toilette paper. Bury all waste at least 200m away from any water source or better yet, pack it out in a ziplock. You're car camping (usually), so there is no excuse to leave anything behind. Some of the sites (at the bottom of the Big Hill in particular) frequently get trashed by people partying. Do a public service and burn their trash in your fire if you're camping in the area.
It is very helpful for climber relations and to maintain the degree of freedom we enjoy in the Ghost if we can leave this area in better condition than we found it, so pick up other's trash you may find.
Getting ThereSometimes a good 4x4 truck is required and almost always at least high clearance to drive all the way in. Usually a car will be able to make it to at least the top of the Big Hill (85% of the way). Walking from the Big Hill to climbs in the Devil's Gap only adds about 30 minutes of mostly flat walking.
The rule of thumb for driving in the Ghost is: When in doubt, get out and walk it first. Having a spotter for more adventurous sections isn't a bad idea either. Getting a trashed vehicle out of the Ghost is not cheap.
Get a high clearance vehicle and head into the ghost. Hang a left into the dry riverbed at the bottom of the Big Hill. Look for the best spot to get in and out, being wary that the stones can be loose and your car/truck can sink into them. Crossing the riverbed leads to another dirt road and some options depending on your destination.
Classic Climbing Routes at South Ghost
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season