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Jim OP | 04.27.2016

Looking for a new challenge this spring/summer? Or perhaps in search of the ultimate view? Is this the season to summit that peak that's been staring back at your for years or tick off one of the coveted classics? Tis the season to start planning your mountaineering adventures. Fortunately the west has no shortage of summits to cover off on all those bases and inspire the mountaineer in you to get climbing, this season and beyond.

To help get you thinking about the range of summit possibilities, we've compiled a list of 15 of our favorite mountaineering routes in the West. These routes range from good entry-level beginner climbs for the novice mountaineer to advanced technical routes that should only be attempted with proper mountaineering experience and/or guides. The list includes a diverse array of routes covering the spectrum of climbing that falls under mountaineering, from glaciated routes to technical rock climbs to ridgeline scrambling. Note the difficulty of any route can change depending on conditions (weather/visibility, snow coverage, crevasse openings, etc.)

The routes listed below are an infinitely small fraction of the mountaineering possibilities out there. Let us know what your favorite routes are and where you're thinking about summiting this climbing season in the Comments section below. Safe climbing and enjoy that view!

Snow-covered + Glaciated Routes

Technical Rock Climbs

Exposed Scrambling



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