The Central Rib
Avg: 2 from 3 votes
Routes in Chiefshead
|Central Rib, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|South Spur T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1700 ft, 3 pitches, Grade IV|
|Page Views:||2,812 total, 34/month|
|Shared By:||Bill Duncan on Apr 3, 2011|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThe route begins on the NW side of the Chiefshead, below the NW face. The north ridge or central rib is obvious from this location to your left. Follow steep disconnected ramps and ledges up to the NE to gain the rib proper. Once on the rib, a rope might be nice for about a pitch or less depending on how comfortable you are with exposure (5.easy). After 100-200 feet, the route turns back into scrambling for a bit, until you are directly under the north ridge proper. From here, you have several choices, and route finding becomes more interesting. Stay directly on the arete proper for the 5.7 route. The rock is fairly good, and the exposure and views become increasingly robust. Venture to the left or the right of the route for easier/harder terrain. About 3/4 of the way up the route, before the final headwall, there is an option to traverse west above the NW face to avoid all of the difficulties.
Descent: Follow the northwest ridge down to Stone Man pass.