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North Face Ramp
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DescriptionA scramble or easy climb, the North Face Ramp climbs a ramp like feature on Mount Harvey's north face.
Locate the ramp as per the Mount Harvey page, and follow it to its top.
The ramp is exposed in its entirety, and several 4th or easy 5th class cruxes are encountered. The rock is very solid, but few protection placements are possible.
From the top of the ramp, an obvious trail contours around the mountain and leads to the summit.
Best climbed on a hot day in late summer, as the ramp is always in shade and snow lingers into July.
BetaAlthough the rock is solid and the grade is very low, this route should not be underestimated. A slip during a solo ascent from much of the route would likely result in a fatality. Parties using a rope will find gear placements to be extremely infrequent and there are few good belay possibilities. Caution is encouraged. During a solo ascent in 2016 I found myself rather gripped at times, and a party had to be rescued in 2017 when they were unable to go further and too scared to retreat.
Having said this, the climbing is quite enjoyable and so with this caveat in mind I recommend the route to those who are capable.
DescentA hiking trail leads south west from the summit, and joins up with the main access road used on the approach. Follow this back to the trailhead.
Alternatively, reverse the trail used to reach the summit for a few minutes to reach a junction. Go right and down to near Magnesia Meadows on the Howe Sound Crest trail and descend from there.