Northwest Ridge (Old Woman)

Northwest Ridge (Old Woman)

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 43.30218°N / 122.5378°W
Additional Information Route Type: Technical Rock Climb
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: 5.4 R
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Follow the directions on the main page to reach the southern base of Old Man. From there, traverse the slope west (left) along the base of Old Man to a gully between Old Man and a heap of rock on its left. Scramble up the gully past the side gully on the right (which heads up to the Old Man-Old Woman notch) until you're on the uphill side of Old Woman. Note that there's a small, unnamed formation further uphill and attached to the Old Woman. The route starts just below the chimney separating the Old Woman from that formation (see photos for details). Also note that this route is mislabeled in Greg Orton's book - the topo has the numbers pointing out the two routes on Old Woman reversed. For further clarification, see Greg Orton's website under "Links" section.

Route Description

The route climbs to the summit of Old Woman in one, runout pitch. This is the easiest route to the top of Old Woman.

From the base of the ridge, follow the easiest line (staying mostly on the crest of the ridge) up the ridge. Once about 20 feet below the summit, either move up the dihedral (looks a little more difficult) or move left up a low angle ramp to the summit.

Rap off of two new bolts back the way you came up (to the north). Double rope rap will bring you back to the ground. Single rope will require some downclimbing over (5.0-5.4 terrain).

Essential Gear

The route offers few gear placement opportunities for the first 50+ feet. Higher up, mid to large sized cams can be used (2"-3.5"). Helmets. Two ropes. There are no chains or rap rings on top (just bolts + hangers). Bring some webbing and possibly a rap ring (there were two when we did it on 5/1/04).

Miscellaneous Info

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