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Northwest Face (Boving-Pollock)
Avg: 2.7 from 12 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Boving and Kerns 1977|
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|Shared By:||PTSinner on Sep 15, 2011|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Nate Ball|
DescriptionThe northwest face is a fun varied route up the shorter west face of SEWS. Fairly serious climbing right of the ground and multiple minor cruxes make this more of an undertaking than the west face of NEWS. However, it makes for a more adventurous and challenging route.
Pitch 1: Traverse into the steep corner and make committing 10ish moves up to a prominent ledge, groups may belay on small gear from right side of the ledge but we continued past a committing 10 move to a good belay in a small tree with pitons and cams for pro. (10ish)
Pitch 2: Continue up the right facing corner with limited feet and hard gear placement. This was rated 11a in the guide but is solid for that grade. (11)
Pitch 3: Head up a short chimney and continue right into a vegitated crack. Continue working upward past a block and into a big ledge to belay. (8)
Pitch 4: Scramble or rope up and head for the base of the prominent set of overhangs above.
Pitch 5: Climb over the pair of obvious overhangs and belay in a gully. Good pro and commiting moves. (10)
Pitch 6: Climb straight up a nice hand crack past a 9ish move and head right to the top. We belayed after the hand crack and then simuled/scrambled to the top. (9)