Durrance Ridge is an excellent route over steep and solid rock. Durrance Ridge divides the South Face of Symmetry Spire from an obvious chimney/gulley system.
In general, the route is quite simple. However, many pitches require a bit of ingenuity and route finding to maintain a good line and avoid absurd difficulty.
Begin at the eastern edge of the South Face. Climb 2 or 3 pitches along the ridge crest to an obvious near vertical wall split by a wide crack. From the top of the wall scramble several hundred feet until a belay seems justified. Climb 2 or 3 pitches toward a large right facing dihedral. Below this corner is a ledge system that leads to the South West Ridge and can be used as a means of escape. Climb the face to the right of the dihedral. Above the face, scramble to the summit. Descend to the NW, then S down a large gully to the col at the top of the approach gully.
Submitted by: agrauch on 2002-03-20
Route ID: 14354
In the mid 70s I climbed this route a lot of times It is one of the few Big routes that are easy to get to in the Tetons. We use to call it Dunce Ridge it was so easy.
When I desperate to find a partner to climb with I would drag any fool up this route. One time I took a guy who said that he own a guide service for back packing and had considerable climbing experience. He almost got Killed. He had left so much gear behind in the rock that by the time I got to the last pitch I got piss off that l lead it with out any protection. By the time I dragged him up the last pitch he was so dizzy the he almost fell off the summit ridge. Another time I took a guy named randy up it. Randy said that he had been top roping once and knew how to belay- good enough for me. Randy did fantastic on the climb. So for the last pitch I went off route to the left and finish a route the was rated at 5.9. It took a little pulling but he did it in good style I thought. Not bad for your first climb. I thought that these last two pitches were way better than guides wall.
In less than a week after we did this climb Randy inherited a million dollars bought a new 650 Yamaha and got run over dead in front of Murcells pottery shop on the village road.
I got his girl friend after he was dead and she really complained about all the “money she loss’’ She dumped me for a rough neck who made an astounding eight dollars and hour.