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Salmon Lake Traverse 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1000', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
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Submitted By: Ryan Marsters on Oct 9, 2015

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Salmon Lake.


The traverse includes the East Ridge of East Thorne (class 5.0), Mount Silverthorne (class 3), and Rain (class 5.4) and is best accessed from the east.

Start at the Willowbrook Road TH (no overnight) or a nearby TH and blunder your way up to Salmon Lake. I'd recommend polishing your navigation skills.

Gain East Thorne's East Ridge via a prominent weakness by the lake. Scramble up to East Thorne in classic Gore fashion - knife edges and gendarmes proper, with occasional bypasses or weaknesses on the South side.

Scramble on over to Silverthorne. This can be tricky - low fifth staying high, or drop North for easier. Talus slog out Silverthorne's summit plateau.

Continue NE on down to Rain. There are 5 gendarmes. Go up or around, weaknesses on the left/west. The third one is the 5.4 crux. A wildly exposed crack system on the West side gains a meat cleaver of a knife edge.

From Rain, descend the East slopes, and drop a grassy gully leading back to Salmon.


This is in the Eastern Gore Range above Salmon Lake.


A light rack and rope.

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