The West Crater Rim is a solid step-up in difficulty from the standard south side climb up the Old Chute or Pearly Gates. It begins to diverge from the standard route around 9,000 feet, where climbers head West to the other side of Crater Rock. In early season, 2-4 pitches of steep snow leads to a bench at just over 1o,000 feet in the upper crater.
From here, your team will traverse toward the summit rim, until it’s time to anchor off and climb more pitches of steep snow. It can steepen to nearly 50° here, as several pitches lead to the rim. A vertiginous walk along the summit ridge leads to the apex of Oregon.
We’ll descend via the south side route, mingling with the dozens of climbers on the summit.