A long and hard UIAA grade IV route up Mt. Robson. The climbing is not technically difficult, but physically and mentally very demanding. The crux is a traverse on thin ledges below a large serac barrier. Although it is the "normal" route, most parties take the Kain face these days and there has only been one successful summit on the South Face in the last several years. The approach trail is very steep and overgrown and the route through the cliff bands hard to find. Don't bring a big rock rack; it's wasted weight as the local limestone really won't take pro. Be sure to stop at the visitor's center before you go- they have a nice climber's log and a great topo available for $5.
Submitted by: bradhill on 2002-08-05
Route ID: 21583