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The Generator Ribs are a series of small ridges found in the large area between the Penitentiary area and the west face of Storm Mountain, and just west of the interesting Powerhouse Couloir. Named for their [general] proximity to the funky Generator Couloir (yeah… Powerhouse is closer… but…). These ribs stretch from about 6400 ft. elevation to ~7000+ft. The quartzite is surprising solid with east faces being more genial and the west faces dropping precipitously. Fun, moderate ‘mountaineering’ in a beautiful setting keeps this area interesting. Best viewed from the top of Storm Mountain Island looking west towards the Penitentary area.

If these were previously named, please let me know and I will update the information.

Getting There 

There is no clear cut way to approach these ridges- all involve bushwacking. Get a good sense of their location before hitting the hill and expect you won’t be able to see the ridges until nearly upon them- the brush and trees are thick. Park across the highway (north side) from the Birches Picnic Area in a large pullout with a dumpster. Walk across the bridge into the picnic area and head left following paved and then social trails east above the riverbank towards the Stairs powerplant. Before reaching the powerplant a large ephemeral drainage enters from the south (the first). Follow this drainage south initially along social trails, then game trails… then bushwacking. About 20 minutes up this drainage head right (southwest) into brush aiming for any clearing in the trees to zero-in your climb’s location. Pants and several boulder fields can make the ascent less (or more) painful. Expect a 30-60 minute approach time.

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Generator Ribs from above Storm Mountain Island.
BETA PHOTO: Generator Ribs from above Storm Mountain Island.
Map to the goods.
BETA PHOTO: Map to the goods.
The view of Generator Ribs from the Powerplant/Wav...
BETA PHOTO: The view of Generator Ribs from the Powerplant/Wav...

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