Avg: 3.5 from 20 votes
|Type:||Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade IV|
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|Shared By:||max huecksteadt on Aug 28, 2013|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Nate Ball|
DescriptionTraverses the jagged skyline from Mt. Torment to Forbidden Peak. From the base of Torment, ascend the S. Ridge or the SE face (both loose 4th/low 5th class) to a prominent grassy ledge leading to a V-shaped notch climbers right. Packs can be left here as you summit and downclimb (or rap, though downclimbing is manageable) back, eventually following the grassy ledge to the notch.
From here, a wild overhanging rap on obvious slings takes one to the snow traverse on the North side [The entire traverse can be completed on rock, mitigating snow travel]. Traverse steep (50-55 deg)and crevassed (heavily in late season) snow/ice across rock ribs to the major rock ridge. From here, either a continuing snow traverse on the North or grassy 3rd class ledges on the South lead one to the beginning of the knife edge traverse.
This continues, past the 'sidewalk in the sky'- an aptly named flat section of ridge where exposed downclimbing (?) or a single rappel takes you to the obvious notch at the beginning of Forbidden Peak's West Ridge. This classic route is followed to the summit, via 4th/5.easy terrain to a 5.6 tower pitch, then further to the summit. Downclimbing and rappels take one back to the notch, where the standard Forbidden peak couloir/gullies can be descended (downclimbed/rapped) back to the glacier, and back to Boston Basin (don't cliff out on the waterfall slabs!- go skiers left (?)).