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North Ridge

North Ridge

North Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.50980°N / 120.6136°W

Object Title: North Ridge

Route Type: Technical Rock Climb

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: 5.7+ Grade III

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Derek Franzen

Created/Edited: Jan 26, 2005 / Aug 16, 2008

Object ID: 163686

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Overview and Approach

Ridges or Faces, choose your poison; Half Moon provides several attractive choices. The N ridge route starts in a deep cleft and then follows the narrow crest directly to the summit.

Half Moon NW Face
Approach as for Kangaroo Pass, at 2 miles from the car look up to the East and observe the prominent scree gully coming down North of Half Moon, climbing this will bring you to the base of the climb in the deep notch North of the peak. Note: Also see Eric's description under approach on the main page.

Route Description

Seven pitches:

Eric & Larry
Start at the deep notch North of the peak and begin climbing up the broad buttress heading for the ridge-crest (approx 1-1/2 rope lengths). The rock low down on the route is eroded but higher up is excellent.

The route stays on or near to the West of the ridge-crest. Good belay ledges are spaced as needed, except at the end of the 2nd pitch. While climbing on the West side of the ridge-crest (P6), on dinner plates and knobs, I found a perfectly round hole in the face which enclosed a large thunder egg (couldn't figure out how to place pro there).

Larry leading up P5; there is...
The final pitch of the route is Class 3 or easy Class 4. Descend the route.

N Ridge Half Moon

Decent from N Ridge

Essential Gear

A medium sized rack of Stoppers and Hexes were all we used and worked just fine. Double ropes and slings or runner material would be nice for the rappels. We found no fixed gear nor rappel anchors on the route. Early season bring ice axes for the approach.

NOAA Digital Weather

You can check the NOAA weather site here for current local conditions.


Darkside of the MoonHalf Moon NW FaceLarry leading up P5; there is...Half Moon NW FaceN Ridge Half MoonEric has finished his lead to...Eric at the end of P4,...
Larry leading up P2 (N Ridge...Eric & LarryDecent from N Ridge