Hey, have any of you out there done either an ascent, or descent of the "West Ridge" route on the South Teton? If so, I could use some beta.
My plan is to do the ascent from Garnett Canyon, and the traditional NW Couloir route and then we want to descend to Avalanche Divide, hit the trail and hike out the Cascade trail to Jenny Lake - making it a loop instead of an up-an-back. We want to travel fast and light, so we are looking to avoid any real technical stuff - definitely want to avoid ropes.
Also, I've had very little success with Google on this route and the description on Summit Post is "bass-ackwards":
"The route goes straight up the ridge to a 40' wall. We climbed the wall (easy class 4) and angled to the right to enter a gully on the north side of the mountain. We followed this gully up and left (south) to another gully that led us up and east to the summit. Great views of Middle Teton from the summit. We investigated going left at the top of the first wall but thought it was a little exposed since we had no rope. If you're more confident than we were you might want to try this option".
He says angled right to enter a gully on the "north". But going right takes you south, so that is confusing.
Then he talks about following the gully up and left (south). Again, going left is north not south. So, does he have his left and right hands confused, or does he have north and south confused? I think he may be "directionaly" challenged, but I'm not absolutely sure. Finally, I have a decent photo that a friend sent me that shows the west aspect. Is the route visible in this photo?