Northeast Ridge

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 37.36810°N / 118.767°W
Additional Information Route Type: rock climbing
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Class 4
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This is the ridge ( buttress ) that ascends from left to right and is left of the North Arete. From Dade Lake, climb up scree and slabs to the notch at the left end of the ridge. In heavy snow years some snow may be encountered.

Route Description

Climb the ridge ( mostly class 2 -3 ) to a large tower which is passed on its left ( south ) side. When the ridge begins merging with the Northeast Face, stay a good ways below the North Arete and traverse south and up to the summit. This last section has some class 4 climbing. Climbing to the North Arete to soon ( to far north ) will increase both difficulties, exposure and excitement!
Descend the Northwest side ( Ulrichs Route ).
This is an excellent route - one of the 100 Classics of the High Sierra!

Essential Gear

While many climbers could climb this route unroped, I recommend a spartan rock rack, a few runners and at least a 9mm rope for most climbers. Ice axes may be needed for both the approach and descent in heavy snow years.

Miscellaneous Info

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zcando - Oct 16, 2002 10:16 am - Hasn't voted

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Climbed BCS last summer via NE ridge. Would have been easier to summit if traverse south had been made prior to meeting N arete at the ridge top. My recommendation is to to traverse South about 300 feet below the summit ridge and meet the summit without accessing the summit ridge until the end. Any questions feel free to email me. Otherwise a very cool climb. ZCANDO@COX.NET

Craig Peer

Craig Peer - Oct 16, 2002 11:45 am - Hasn't voted

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This is what I was trying to say, and I totally agree.

astroman - Oct 18, 2002 9:05 pm - Hasn't voted

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I must say you nailed it right on the nose. I would like to add that if for some reason you decide to let your pack fall down to the snowy slope 300 ft below you, make sure you don't have your rappelling rope in it. Its kind of hard to rappel when your rope is already at the bottom of the mountain! Sound familiar ZCANDO??
other than that, its a beautiful climb!


zcando - Oct 22, 2002 10:27 pm - Hasn't voted

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Who dropped the pack?

Craig Peer

Craig Peer - Aug 3, 2005 5:14 pm - Hasn't voted

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Except it isn't class 4 if you cut up to the ridge - just pointing that out Eric. And no doubt not the way Norman Clyde did the solo first ascent either.

Eric O

Eric O - Aug 11, 2005 11:26 pm - Hasn't voted

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Hmm... if there isn't an alternative to that one layback/hand/fist crack in that corner, then you're right! Thanks, Craig.


midi510 - Aug 18, 2019 10:17 am - Hasn't voted

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I tended to stay closer to the North Arete and even talked to climbers on it. I even went right of the tower and ended up gaining the upper North Arete a hundred meters or so before the summit. It was really enjoyable climbing the whole way. If you're OK with the exposure, there aren't any hard moves. There are so many options on this route. I often opted for easy 5th class climbing just for adventure and encountered no loose or unstable rock. Where the climbers were rappelling from the summit, I downclimed to a 30' offwidth, which I then downclimbed in running shorts. Not a lot of fun, but a challenge to do it in good style. I had to park about a half mile from the trailhead, due to so much traffic. 7 hours, 4,000' vertical, 12 miles.

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