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Mount Tupper - West Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.23 - 05:35:45
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Big Bend Ranges / Hermit Range
(1 days) Moderate rock, scrambling
Follow the Hermit meadows trail to the sign at its end, from there follow the climbers trail and moraines east until Tupper crest is reached. Follow Tupper crest south and then east as it turns into the west ridge of Tupper. Initially it requires nothing more than walking, but it eventually turns into exposed scrambling up and down over a series of blocks along the ridge until the Hermit is reached. The Hermit is a huge free standing gendarme on the ridge crest that is visible from the Highway (it is this feature that gave the Hermit range its name). In the 'Climber's Guide to the Columbia Mountains' by John Kevin Fox it notes that the Hermit can be climbed at about 5.7. I've never climbed it, but it would be one very exposed bit of climbing, and I really don't feel I need that much cerebral exercise. The Hermit is most easily passed via a ledge on its south side. After the Hermit comes the final summit tower, we climbed this in 2 short pitches on the southwest side. The first pitch led to a ledge at the base of a 10m chimney (there was an old fixed pin to the left of the chimney). The chimney was the crux of the route, the guide book rates it at 5.3 which seems close to me. From the good ledge at the top of the chimney follow a section of steps and blocks to the final pitch. The final pitch is exposed, but quite easy. The summit is quite large and flat (good for lounging if the weather is nice), and the views are...
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