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Direct South Ridge 
Direct South Ridge, Garnet Traverse Variation 

Nez Perce 

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Elevation: 11,901'
Location: 43.7193, -110.7976 View Map  Incorrect?
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One of the more prominent peaks in the Tetons, Nez Perce (nay pur-say) towers over the valley south of the Middle and Grand Teton. When approaching via Garnet Canyon, the peak is to your left (south) and makes up a large portion of the skyline. There are several technical climbs on just about every aspect, though some suffer from poor rock quality.

The classic route on the peak is the South Ridge. Just about every route could be climbed in a (long) day from the valley, but a start from within Garnet Canyon (either the Platforms or Meadows) makes for a less grueling day.

Getting There 

Hike up Garnet Canyon from the Lupine Meadows trailhead. Depending on your chosen route, ascend a couloir above the Platforms or continue up the drainage angling N of the Middle Teton.

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The buttress is foreshortened in the upper part of this photo, past the climber who is on the crux 6th pitch of the Direct South Ridge.  You can see the black roof band to the right of the large shady roof.

Direct South Ridge, Garnet Traverse Variation 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  WY : Grand Teton National Park : Nez Perce
A variation to the Direct South Ridge that tackles the steep headwall near the top of the ridge. Where the main route traverses to the right, this goes straight up. We found the crux to be getting through the obvious black rock band about 100 feet up the buttress. A fixed pin here indicates you're on route. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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