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Location: 43.4092, -109.66305 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Eli Boardman on Jul 15, 2017
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BETA PHOTO: Terrapin Wall at sunrise

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"Some rise, some fall, some climb to get to Terrapin."

This is a beautiful and secluded wall above a pond called "Sheep Tarn" just to the west of the small pass between Ross Lake and the Wasson Fork of Jakey's Creek. Route development is a continuing process here. I placed a summit register on this sharp peak on 8-6-17 and found no evidence the summit had been reached previously.

The descent is the same for all routes: scramble down to a large grassy ledge with a huge and prominent dead tree and rappel off the tree. I found a very old sling on this tree. I do not know what route was climbed by the person who placed this sling, and I do not know if they visited the summit (I found no evidence of this). I am claiming first ascents of the routes I climb until someone can inform me otherwise.

Getting There 

Easiest way: Whiskey Mtn. Trail to Ross Lake Trail to large meadow at its end, then bushwhack 1 mile west, passing Whiskey Mountain Pinnacle on the way.
Scenic way: up the Wasson Fork headwaters (no trail) from Jakeys Fork Trail or scree descent from Shale Mtn.

Climbing Season

For the Wind River Range area.

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Grateful Chimney 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c  Wyoming : Wind River Range : ... : Terrapin Wall
This is a fairly easy and fun way to summit Terrapin Wall without a rope. From the base of the wall below the rappel tree, head south and up on some easy, grassy ledges until the ledges end and a deeply inset chimney is visible to the climber's right. The chimney is rather clammy at rhe bottom, and look out for loose rock (I trundled a huge flake that was incredibly loose and quite dangerous before being tossed). The crux is low, the exposure is mild, and it is actually rather fun to chimney...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

Photos of Terrapin Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Look for this grassy ledge to find the rappel tree
BETA PHOTO: Look for this grassy ledge to find the rappel tree
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit cairn I built--register is inside it
Summit cairn I built--register is inside it
Rock Climbing Photo: Terrapin Wall's summit from the west
Terrapin Wall's summit from the west

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