Type: Trad, Alpine, 1500 ft, 9 pitches, Grade IV
FA: James Garrett and Franziska Garrett, 21 July 2006
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Shared By: James Garrett on Jul 28, 2006
Admins: Lauren Heerschap, Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg

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Ambush is huge and vast. The route we called Triple Shot as we passed three distinct "summits"...one of which we needed to rappel down to continue. The M Buttress is its own mountain, really. Basically, this is just to the north of the the North Summit of Ambush. A huge dike forms the letter M at the lower part of the wall/arete. The route starts at the far left lower side of the letter M and follows the beautiful left facing dihedral and then on to the arete to the top of the first tower. It forms a huge ridge with the passing of three gendarmes to the top of the mountain. I believe we reached a summit higher than the north and south summits of Ambush. We were looking down to them?! Some really classic and excellent moderate pitches await the adventure climber on this one!


Start at the lower left side of the M formed by a dike


Clean rack up to 3.5 Camalots


Great to hear that something went in on this wall, I thought that the "M" was as notable a feature as the heart on El Cap. Aug 17, 2006
Mike McNeil
Spearfish, South Dakota
Mike McNeil   Spearfish, South Dakota
Did this in 2011, but we missed the nice dihedral low on the route as it was blocked by a ton of snow. We just climbed left of it for several pitches with a nice little 5.8 hand crack somewhere in the middle. This seemed like it would be easy to go around making it more like 5.6. The rest of the route was adventurous but never very hard with a rap off a tower in the middle. We did an interesting traverse behind the snow toward the top. Sep 13, 2013
Brandon Emery
South Dakota
Brandon Emery   South Dakota
This is definitely more than 9 pitches... We did at least 14 roped pitches. Great route nonetheless. Sep 4, 2018
Amber Lamps
JoeyJa   Amber Lamps
We also found many more than 9 pitches. And the col was in bad condition, so we hiked the CDT back to Basecamp at Midsummer's Dome. Looonnnggg day Nov 28, 2018
James Garrett
James Garrett  
It may very well be longer than 9 pitches, but I think we had an 80m rope. Sorry if this has caused problems Dec 2, 2018