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South Ridge 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1000', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
FA: Lag Wernstedt, possibly with Alfred Shull 1926
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Submitted By: Nick Sweeney on Jun 19, 2017

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An easy snow and rock climb with spectacular scenery. Helmets, boots, crampons and an ice axe are all the gear that is needed.


From Wing Lake, the South Ridge is the left skyline of Black Peak. Go around the right side of the lake before ascending snow and scree slopes to the col in the ridge. Head upwards, eventually moving slightly left into a loose third class gully. Eventually, you will top out the gully, scramble up and do the final exciting ridge traverse to the summit.


This route is normally done without a rope or protection.

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By Rafe
Jul 17, 2017
rating: 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b

The route looked steeper and more ominous than I expected once we gained the col to the south ridge. As you ascend it turns out it's very well marked with cairns, almost to a fault, and really barely even 3rd or 4th class.

Route descriptions give a specific ascent path, but there are a number of paths of low resistance that will all reach the same place.

Excellent Cascades day hike!

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