South West Ridge

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Oregon, United States, North America
Route Type:
Ice Climb
Time Required:
Most of a day
AI 3+

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South West Ridge
Created On: May 3, 2002
Last Edited On: Oct 26, 2007


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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KMM - Oct 22, 2007 1:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Trip reports on cascadeclimbers

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

this one in summer

this one in winter


sshankle - Oct 26, 2007 7:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Trip reports on cascadeclimbers

Done! Thanks! I can't wait to get out there and try it again.

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South West Ridge

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