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South West Ridge (aka Yellow Brick Road) T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Type: Trad, Alpine, Grade II
FA: Norman Clyde - June 1927
Page Views: 1,768 total, 12/month
Shared By: Chris Owen on Mar 9, 2006
Admins: Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

From Sam Mack Meadow climb the lefthand gully at the back of the meadow, bear right under the Palisade Glacier moraine, through another shallow gully just to its right (Thunderbolt Peak framed in the notch) and so gradually gain the crest of the moraine. Follow it until it peters out (wonderful views of North Pal) then work across the Glacier towards Glacier Notch - climb the Glacier Notch couloir (loose in low snow). About 1.5 hours from Sam Mack Meadow.

Hike across (north east) to the base of the South West Ridge and scramble up it via ledges to the right of the crest. Enjoy the summit view.

Location

Retrace your steps back to camp.

Protection

Class 3 solo. Ice-axe and crampons.

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