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Keyhole Ridge in Winter

Postby Voodoo302 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:22 pm

I'm sure it's been done but does anyone have some insight into getting after the Keyhole Ridge (that's the ridge, not the Keyhole Route :-D ) in winter? It doesn't look like it collects much snow so I'd expect mostly drifted snow and colder/windier conditions than usual.

I'm also wondering why the route traverses so far looker's left before heading up; any reason beyond difficulty not to head up just to the left of the Keyhole proper and follow the ridge from there?

Thoughts? I've never done this route so any beta in general is welcome.

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Re: Keyhole Ridge in Winter

Postby I Man » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:24 pm

Voodoo302 wrote:I'm sure it's been done but does anyone have some insight into getting after the Keyhole Ridge (that's the ridge, not the Keyhole Route :-D ) in winter? It doesn't look like it collects much snow so I'd expect mostly drifted snow and colder/windier conditions than usual.

I'm also wondering why the route traverses so far looker's left before heading up; any reason beyond difficulty not to head up just to the left of the Keyhole proper and follow the ridge from there?

Thoughts? I've never done this route so any beta in general is welcome.


This route has been done several times in winter. I know of some on this site that have been up there in snow (late fall thru now). I have only done it in summer, but i would agree that it probably doesn't hold a lot of snow (watch out for ice though). This is similar to a lot of classic alpine routes (like Upper Exum on the Teton for Example) where you can choose your own route. For the most part it is hard to get into terrain much above 5.7. You should be able to piece together a route.

Its an amazing climb! I hope you get after it.
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