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South Ridge Berk/Taylor  

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a WI2- PG13

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1500', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a WI2- Mod. Snow PG13 [details]
FA: not sure on history
Season: Fall/Winter/Spring
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Submitted By: Cory Berkebile on Jan 13, 2012

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Looking down from the top.

Description 

The route is cowboy style! Make it as hard or as easy as you want to. When you get in to URCD a mile and half look left at the south face and start climbing. The route will take you over numerous shelfs from 25 feet to about 70 feet in height. In higher snow conditions ice will form on certain pitches so take tools and crampons.

Descent: easiest route down is to hike north and drop into the next drainage follow it west to the flats.

Location 

There are two prominant rock ridges up the south face with a wild fractured dihederal drainage in the middle. The Berk/Taylor goes up the climbers left ridge to the top. You will know you are close to the start when a rock ridge meets the creek as you are hiking up.

Protection 

60m rope
alpine rack = set of nuts, 1 each .33 to #2 camalot, doubles of .4 and .5 camalot,
10 alpine draws and some long 6 ft runners.
Ice tools and crampons


Photos of South Ridge Berk/Taylor Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting close to the top. Work never fails to find...
Getting close to the top. Work never fails to find...
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis Taylor's self portrait
Travis Taylor's self portrait
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the upper pitches.
One of the upper pitches.
Rock Climbing Photo: an easy pitch with great rock.
an easy pitch with great rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 1 to gain the ridge
Pitch 1 to gain the ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Google earth doesn't show the terrain features. Bu...
BETA PHOTO: Google earth doesn't show the terrain features. Bu...
Rock Climbing Photo: You can see the ice starting to form, I am guessin...
You can see the ice starting to form, I am guessin...

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