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.
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.