Turret Peak's West Ridge

Turret Peak's West Ridge

Looking up at Turret Peak's sharp West Ridge from just below Elsie Col (which is out of view to the right). The route ascends steep 3rd & 4th class rock to the right of the snow in the couloir and then climbs steep 5th class rock (up to about 5.6) to reach the ridge crest. From there its a long traverse over a couple of gandarmes to the true summit. Wind River Range, Wyoming. July 2009.
on Sep 8, 2009 1:47 am
Image ID: 550766


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lcarreau - Sep 16, 2009 12:52 am - Voted 10/10

You gotta be sharp and

on your toes to climb that one !!!

What's the difference between a buttress and
a gandarme? Is a gandarme sharper?

Do you actually work with lasers? Thanks ...


SarahThompson - Sep 17, 2009 6:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: You gotta be sharp and

I'm no expert, but I think of a buttress as having the same kind of shape as the flared base of a tree trunk - a buttress supports something by definition. I think of a gendarme as a rock tower.

And I did work with lasers (designing laser radar systems) up until a few months ago when I got laid off :(


lcarreau - Sep 17, 2009 10:07 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: You gotta be sharp and

Oooops, sorry to hear that, even though you're
probably able to spend (more) quality time in
the mountains.

I'm no expert on buttresses, either !!!

: ))))


TyeDyeTwins - Oct 5, 2009 10:01 am - Voted 10/10


What a beautiful picture of Turret's West ridge. Thanks for sharing


SarahThompson - Oct 6, 2009 1:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow....

Thanks, I hope to make a page for Turret and its West Ridge soon.

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