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West Ridge of North Guard-The parapet ridge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Type: Trad, Alpine, 4000 ft, Grade III
FA: ???
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Shared By: justin dubois on Aug 8, 2009
Admins: Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

This route climbs the long beautiful West Ridge of North Guard from the sphix lakes. Its a classic Sierra scramble, complete with towers and gendarmes that must be negotiated along the way.

The majority of the climbing is 4th class, but as you approach the summit, it gets much more interesting...
Id be foolish to describe the actual route-finding, choose your own adventure!!!

Location

Start at Sphinx Lakes, head straight up and scramble through talus to gain the toe of the ridge-Follow it!
descend via the gully,just below the summit, towards Brewer(south)
There is a col that one must cross back to the North east, to reach the Sphinx lakes Cirque, Do not mistake the drainage before you as Sphinx(they look very similar)

Protection

gore-tex

Photos

Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
Thanks for posting Justin. Aug 30, 2009
justin dubois
Estes Park
 
justin dubois   Estes Park
 
a short vid of our climb
vimeo.com/5875115 Aug 8, 2009

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