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YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c AI2-3

   
Type:  Trad, Ice, Alpine, 3600'
Original:  YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c AI2-3 Steep Snow [details]
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Submitted By: Taylor-B. on Jul 23, 2015

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Description 

Park at mile marker 27 or Ptarmigan Creek. In the spring/summer you can drive a ways back up Ptarmigan Creek on the pipeline road.

The South Ridge via the 27 Mile Glacier ice fall is a mega classic skimountaineering objective and test piece. The crux of the day may be negotiating the ice fall to gain access to the Pk. The ice fall is a 35-40deg snow or ice slope and is condition dependent on whether to exit left or right due to the seracs and crevasses. Cross the 27 Mile Glacier and gain the col between Gendarme 5,570 and Sapphire, the snow slope is 30-40 degrees and in the early season or summer there may be a large bergshrund present that can be avoidable by skirting a class 4 rock rib to the climbers left. Once at the col ascend the 5th class and corniced South ridge.

Protection 

Glacier kit with a few pickets, crampons and ice axe. Skis!


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Rock Climbing Photo: The bergshrund below the col.
The bergshrund below the col.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin Salys skiing the ice fall.
Kevin Salys skiing the ice fall.
Rock Climbing Photo: 27 Mile Glacier and Sapphire PK in mid July.
27 Mile Glacier and Sapphire PK in mid July.
Rock Climbing Photo: The South Ridge is the left hand sky line. Photo b...
BETA PHOTO: The South Ridge is the left hand sky line. Photo b...

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