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Northwest Ridge 

YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 3000'
Original:  YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a [details]
FA: Norman Clyde - 6.22.1928
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Submitted By: Preston Rhea on Nov 4, 2013

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Near the top of Mount Morrison on the NW Ridge.


A very long scramble with 3000' of climbing not including the approach. The rock on the route is pretty loose and shattered, but the climbing is all easy scrambling.

There is no complex route finding here, just gain the ridge by whatever looks fun and easy and follow it to the summit. On the ridge there are a couple steeper steps and one short downclimb, all around the 3rd class rating in difficulty.


Leave the Convict Lake trail at the southwestern short of Convict Lake and climb a prominent talus slope towards a saddle with some clumps of trees. Gain the ridge where it looks best. There are a lot of ways to go here.

Descend via the eastern slope of Mount Morrison.


A small alpine rock rack would be more than adequate if the party decided to rope up for any of the route.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Morrison with the NW Ridge highlighted.
Mount Morrison with the NW Ridge highlighted.

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By Sean Maher
From: San Diego, CA
Jul 5, 2016

We retreated ~500 ft above the vegetated saddle, just above a smaller saddle/notch. The rock quality deteriorates here such that committing to every move feels like playing Russian roulette with rockfall, which is too bad since the route has a stellar position and epic summit. Laurel Mountain's NE Gully was much more solid and enjoyable. If you're intent on Morrisons NW ridge, at least bring a helmet.
By C Brooks
From: Fresno, CA
Aug 17, 2016

Much better as a winter climb.

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