Avg: 2.7 from 7 votes
Routes in Symmetry Spire
|Cube Point T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13|
|Dietschy Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Direct Jensen Ridge T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Durrance Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|East Ridge T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b|
|Southwest Couloir T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Easy Snow|
|Southwest Ridge T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Symmetry Spire, North West Couloir and Ledges T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b R|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, Grade III|
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|Shared By:||Doug Hemken on Aug 14, 2009|
DescriptionOverall, this route presents a little less 4th class and much more solid rock than the standard SW Couloir. If I were peak bagging (which I was the day I did it), I would prefer the East Ridge.
The crux is either gaining the East Ridge, or descending via the SW Couloir (you could also descend via the East Ridge). Jackson & Ortenberger describe heading up toward the base of Symmetry, then traversing left on a ledge system. Instead, I headed up the rocks for the lowest trees between Sam's Throne and the East Ridge (4th class, cleaned up some rap slings). It also looks possible to scramble up a loose, dirty gully from near the mouth of the Cube Point/Sam's Throne gully.
Once you gain the ridge, W of Sam's Throne, scramble to the summit via easy 3rd class.