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Southwest Ridge 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c Mod. Snow

   
Type:  Trad, Snow, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Summer
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Submitted By: Noah.J on Jun 22, 2012

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Description 

Moderate snow climbing and a small 'shrund/moat crossing gains the first rock band. There are many ways up the Munchkin, this route trends up the west rock band, but a party could just as easily climb the snowfield, or another rock section.

Once the ridge has been gained, you must cross a short snowfield as shown in the photo. A mountain axe is nice to have, as are boots. We did it in rock shoes with a mountain axe, and it was a cold little traverse.

Protection 

Takes excellent gear. Bring a single set of cams and some passive pro. I liked having a picket to protect the bergshrund.


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Rapping the snowfield, it's nice to have two ropes...
Rapping the snowfield, it's nice to have two ropes...
Very aesthetic summit after fun, easy climbing.
Very aesthetic summit after fun, easy climbing.

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