Upper Exum Ridge 2017

August 19, 2017
Route is mostly dry.
July 12, 2017
Excellent conditions found on the upper Exum.  Wall Street is dry, with some snow and ice found along the route, mostly avoidable.  


July 5, 2017
Axe, crampons recommended to access Wall Street.  Wall Street reported dry, with some snow and ice found along the route.  Axe, crampons useful for route and needed for descent from the summit via the OS.  

July 2, 2017
Upper Exum has new snow, ice, and rime after late June storm.
Wall Street
Wall Street step across with Wall Street gully in background
Upper Exum Black Alcove pitch
June 26, 2017
Ice axe and crampons are needed to cross the Exum gully and to navigate sections of snow and ice on the ridge proper.  Ice axe and crampons are needed for the descent off the summit to the rappels. 
Climbers traversing the Exum Gully
 Ice curtain encountered above the Wind Tunnel.
Ice & snow must be navigated above the Wind Tunnel.
V-Pitch
Climbers traversing the final snow field prior to the summit block.

June 15, 2017
Recent snow storms have left behind rime ice and wet rock on this route.  Expect areas of ice and snow throughout this route (including on Wall Street) even after the steeper sections dry out with improving conditions.  The approach to the Lower Saddle and base of the route also still require an ice axe and/or crampons, as does descent of the Owen-Spalding Route.