Dad and I started leaving camp at the beaver ponds on the CT at about 6:30, got water and had a bit at Vestal Lake, and were on the rock at 9:30. We soloed most of the ramp but did rope up for the last two steep pitches of the ramp, but once getting to the blocks up high we hip belayed each other and then eventually soloed the remaining hard fourth-easy fifth class to the summit. The descent is a classic San Jaun, loose rock hell on ridiculously steep slopes so be prepared for that to take some time.
With Eric on a perfect weather window day. Had it to ourselves. #97 of CO Centennials for Eric.
Really nice route. Great exposed scrambling all the way to the top. Soloed on Day 3 of 10 day trip.
Solo climb of Wham Ridge on a day trip from Molas TH. Direct start, then climbed a nice line between the standard way and center shift. Stellar climbing, solid rock, - classic!
soloed wham ridge on a beautiful, sunny afternoon while assisting steve with his pro placement during his first 5.4 alpine lead. after the crux i got on the rope to help get the team to the summit at 6:10pm in order to make it back to vestal basin before darkness set in.
tons of fun, 2/3 up only scramble, 1/3 simul climbing with rockclimber77, went via middle route, which per book is more technical, and rated 5.7, but I am not sure if I encountered a 5.7 move, felt super easy. Great rock!
Joined by 6 friends on 2 rope teams the climb of Wham Ridge was my last Colorado Centennial peak. Very sweet finish.
Climbed three full pitches, with a few hip belays thrown in. A couple of 5.5-5.6 moves. SWEET CLIMB!
Five years or so in the planning and finally made it to the Wham Ridge. Alan and I soloed up the wonderful slabby class 4 at an angle and reached the arete about halfway up. Roped for about 7 pitches with our short rope (100 meters) and had an airy traverse and downclimb after missing the ledge to the crux. Finished up with a nice solo of the class 4/5 to the false summit. A short hike over to the summit from there.
simu-climbed for a while, sounds like we did center shift. Jeff burned up a stretch I would call 5.7. Since he didn't put any pro in, I deferred to an off width next door. As it turns out there was an easier way, but we had a blast.
Climbed the "Center Shift" variation with Jamie for 9 roped pitches. The first two were on class 4 slabs and probably could be freed, but it was nice to not have to worry about a slip. The 5.7 crux was quite enjoyable, about 15-20 feet, most of the rest of the face was no harder than 5.5.
Great exposure, awesome views and an easier than expected crux. We free-climbed it despite bringing rope/pro.
This is one sweet route!
Wham Ridge has to be one of the most unique routes in the state. It starts off as a walkup and gets increasingly steeper with a ton of 4th class climbing near the top and one short low 5th class section. We brought a rope and pro (a few cams and nuts) and used it for the 5th class section. Our big 60m rope was overkill though. Something shorter would have done the trick.
My brothers Allen and George, my nephew Danny, and myself succesfuly came together from across the country to for our annuall family camping trip. This time we pushed our limits again. The weather cleared long enough for us to reach our goal on this short three day trip.
How hard was the WHAM? Everyone that has done it didn't use rope. I'm going with a climber that is shaky about it, I'll bring a little rope either way...but curoius about your experience with the family? Anyone nervous and then love it?