West Rib of Mount Jefferson

Length:3 days
Price:1 climber $1,875
2 $1,275 per climber
Dates:Custom dates are available in May
Location:Milk Creek approach

The West Rib is one of the most direct routes on Mt. Jefferson. It is best done as an early season climb when the rib itself is completely covered in snow. It is also a great winter route due to the direct nature of the climb. Participants should come prepared to climb a lot of steep snow and close to vertical rime ice on the summit pinnacle. This is a dramatic climb that is only done occasionally.

On day one we’ll make our approach in to establish camp above tree line. We will travel both on and off trail with our overnight packs, it’s important you’re comfortable traveling cross country. From our camp on day two we’ll set out before sunrise as we make our way up several long pitches of steep snow, aiming for the summit pinnacle. High on the mountain we will encounter steep rime and possible mixed climbing as we make our last push up to the summit of Mount Jefferson.

Permit Restriction

We can only schedule this climb Monday through Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day because of a restriction on all commercial permits in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness.

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West Rib of Mount Jefferson

Milk Creek approach

The West Rib of Mount Jefferson is a steep snow climb, that can be as easy as walking in boot-top snow or as difficult as pitch after pitch of firm snow and two-tool climbing. To top it off, the summit is guarded by 2 or more rope-lengths of 5th class rock, often plastered with rime ice until early Summer.

Elevation:10,495 ft
Style:Steep snow up to 40° and alpine rock
Skill Level:Difficult

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

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  • Climbers should have previous alpine climbing experience before joining this program

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