Simpson Peak - Wheeler Peak South Ridge
ElevationAscent: 1,093' 333 m
Descent: -212' -65 m
High: 13,139' 4,005 m
Low: 12,258' 3,736 m
GradeAvg Slope: 18% (10°)
Max Slope: 41% (22°)
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“This is a classic alpine mountaineering route along a high ridge.”— J. Bella
This section requires navigating through sharp volcanic rock outcrops at the top of several steep, gnarly couloirs. Careful route-finding as well as technical rock climbing skills are required. Ropes are not necessary, but there are a few moves where protection may be beneficial. After topping out on Simpson Peak (12,970'), follow the ridge heading north towards Wheeler Peak. A primitive trail is worn into the rocks, which is usually exposed by strong winds. After a series of storms or during a snowy winter, be ready to encounter variable wind drift features covering the trail.
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