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South Early Winters Spire
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South Arete 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a

   
Type: Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Fred Beckey
Season: Summer
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Submitted By: Tits McGee on Mar 17, 2009
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The start of  the S Arete route,
BETA PHOTO: The start of the S Arete route,
Looking down the chimney/gulley at the start.
BETA PHOTO: Looking down the chimney/gulley at the start.
General view of the route, following the ridge that runs left to right.
General view of the route, following the ridge tha...
The best way to cross the fin (which is the best part of the climb).
BETA PHOTO: The best way to cross the fin (which is the best p...
Looking down at the hairpin turn from the traverse just below the summit.
Looking down at the hairpin turn from the traverse...
nearing the summit of SEWS
nearing the summit of SEWS
Early Winter Spires. South Arete goes up the left skyline.
BETA PHOTO: Early Winter Spires. South Arete goes up the left ...
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By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
Jul 7, 2009

This is the standard descent route off the peak. Most of this route is 3rd class with a couple steps of 5th. A good beginner climb.

Descend the route by rappeling approximately 3 times with a 60 m.