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Routes in Wiwaxy Peak

Grassi Ridge T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Type: Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft, 12 pitches, Grade III
FA: B. Greenwood, Miss P. Johnson and D. Vockeroth, 1962
Page Views: 115 total · 14/month
Shared By: Jeff Mekolites on Aug 18, 2017
Admins: Kate Lynn

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Description

Grassi Ridge on Wiwaxy Peak starts off climbing a chimney/corner system for a couple pitches before gaining the main ridge. The remainder of the route continues up mostly good quality steeper rock sections separated by a ledge system here and there. The majority of the climbing is situated on and or near the ridge itself. There are a few spots were the rock isn’t quite as good. The crux pitch about 2/3 of the way up features steep face climbing on an exposed buttress protected by a couple of pins and a bolt. We expected to find no fixed anchors and were surprised to find most belays had a bolt or two. Some of the pitches including the crux pitch had a bolt. There were also some pins for protection here and there. The views of Lake O’Hara as you get higher and higher on the route are outstanding. To descend follow a couple of cairns heading down to the rappels. 4 or 5 raps get you to easy walking terrain. Follow climbers trail along the side of sub peak down to eventually merge back into tourist trail along Lake O'Hara. Follow signs back to the bus stop area.

Location

Cross the outlet of Lake O'Hara, near and just past the warden hut and bus stop. Go away from Lake O'Hara/downstream/left to an obvious avalanche path. Follow the climbers trail/cairns heading towards the start of the ridge.

Protection

Single rack of cams, nuts, runners should work fine. Some fixed gear and bolts - mentioned about.

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