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South West Ridge

South West Ridge

South West Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.36800°N / 121.709°W

Object Title: South West Ridge

Route Type: Ice Climb

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: AI 3+

Route Quality: 
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Page By: sshankle

Created/Edited: May 3, 2002 / Oct 26, 2007

Object ID: 156426

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Start as mentioned on Illumination Rock main page. From Illumination Saddle, traverse Zigzag Glacier just South of Illuminaion Rock. Climb into the gully separting the W Ridge and SW ridge. So far, just basic glacier travel (little threat of crevasses).

Route Description

From the gully, climb onto the SW Ridge. From here it is several pitches of AI3 through AI4. See photo. All rime ice. Good belays, alot of exposure.

Essential Gear

You'll need pickets and screws. Two tools recommended. Two ropes for long rapelles on descent would be helpful, possibly a light rock rack if you want to descend directly into Ill. Saddle or South off cliff. Otherwise use ice bollards to rapel into gully.

Miscellaneous Info

Here are a couple trip reports:

Summer climb on the SW Ridge

A winter climb

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KMMTrip reports on cascadeclimbers


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i found two trip reports for this route on cascadeclimbers.com maybe you should add them to the page.

this one in summer


this one in winter

Posted Oct 22, 2007 1:56 pm
sshankleRe: Trip reports on cascadeclimbers


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Done! Thanks! I can't wait to get out there and try it again.
Posted Oct 26, 2007 7:32 pm

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