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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 Steep Snow R
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Type: Trad, Alpine, 350 ft, 5 pitches, Grade II
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Lee Jenkins on Jul 4, 2015
Admins: Mike Snyder

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Description

Take the climbers trail into Hanging Canyon. Just below the Ribbon Cascade, the falls below the Arrowhead Pool, cross the stream to the broad talus cone on the south side. Cube Point rises above.

The route starts at the eastern "toe" of the ridge where it intersects with the East Couloir which is also the standard descent (snow filled in early season and a loose gully otherwise).

3 to 4 pitches of moderate rock up to 5.4 or so brings you to a notch where you can see the final "Cube" pitch which can be climbed on the SE or W side.

Location

On the East Ridge of Symmetry Spire

Protection

Light Rack to 3"

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Ben Juneau  
 
Did this 7/18/17 following a very heavy snow year. The section of the approach between arrowhead pool and the base of the East Ridge route had some snow, but not on the steep sections. We had crampons/axes, but I felt comfortable with just trekking poles, so this is a good option earlier in the summer if you are unfamiliar with steep snow travel (me).

Looking back on the large scale beta photos, I believe that we had the wrong start (followed the gully up a bit too far). Staying close to/on the ridge is probably best. We got a bit off of it (to the right, on our second pitch) and it meant that we had to climb some 5.6/5.7 to get back on track.

Pretty hard to miss the descent gully after you're done.

An awesome early(ish) season option if you wanna avoid snow! Hanging Canyon was one of my favorite hikes in the Tetons before I ever climbed this, it's beautiful. The Ortenberger and Jackson guidebook has info on a couple other 5.4 routes up Cube Point and a helpful photo for finding the route. Aug 31, 2017

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