NE Ridge of Black Peak

Jeff Ward
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NE Ridge of Black Peak

Route name: NE Ridge of Black Peak

When you climbed it last: Last Summer

Short description of route: Beautiful hike through alpine terrain to Wing lake and bivy sites.  From there, snowfields increase in steepness to the notch at base of ridge.  Long, exposed and moderate climbing (usually done in mountain boots or tennies) up to one of the tallest summits around.  After a few hundred feet, the descent turns into a walk off.  

Why you like it: It's like a slightly less polished version of the West ridge of Forbidden with none of the crowds.  The position on the ridge is spectacular! 

Gear needed: Small alpine rack, 30m rope, boots or tennies, ice axe and crampons for approach.

Experience level required: Intermediate climber with good fitness.  

Best time of year to climb: July - September