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Ping Ridge T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Elevation: 9,901 ft
GPS: 43.941, -114.935 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Zach Wahrer on Jul 1, 2015
Admins: WAGbag, Mike Engle
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Description

This prominent feature begs to be climbed, but unfortunately it is very loose. The underlying rock is solid however, so it is climbable. Just beware of lots of lose blocks. The easiest route (and best descent) is via a 3rd class (maybe a move or two of 4th) scramble up into the bowl just to the east of the peak. From there, head west, making your way up a confusing system of ledges. The last bit to the summit is fairly steep and has a fair amount of loose blocks. Wear a helmet and be careful going up or down it.

Getting There

From the Tin Cup Trailhead near Pettit Lake, hike southwest along the trail. You will cross Alice Lake Creek five times. After you cross using the man-made bridge, keep an eye out to your left (southish) for El Cap. Just before you cross the river again (and reach Alice Lake), begin bushwacking up the hillside towards the formation. A long scree field guards the base.

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