Type: Trad, 600 ft (182 m), 3 pitches
FA: 11 December 1955 D. Schluter, K. Olhausen, J. Urbain.
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Shared By: Aaron Hobson on Oct 14, 2008
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Access Issue: Power drilling is prohibited in the Organ Mountains Wilderness. Details


Slightly longer and slightly more technical than Northwest Face. The West Ridge is fairly broad and was described by Ingraham as fourth class, but you're likely to encounter a few steep walls with good exposure that may lead you to think this route has some fifth class terrain. When I first climbed the route, I ended up in a large right facing corner for 100 ft. However, it seems futile to try to pin down one correct way to climb the west ridge. Instead, enjoy simply meandering through the block ledges.


Approach from the gully between Middle and South Rabbit Ears. Take to the rock on the west ridge as soon as possible and follow the general lay of the ridge for 600 ft. About 200 ft from the summit is a large shoulder which makes a nice picnic spot.


Extra light rack.