A Variation On The Grand Teton's Upper Exum Route
A few trip reports for April through October
July 17th, 2016 (UXM) PNG Variation
Detailed Look At Specific Route Features
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The PNG Dihedral has a published rating between 5.6 and 5.7 at two very short cruxes.
With sticky climbing shoes, it's a pretty easy corner and a nice FP bypass. The Western Chimney's rating varies with the exit location. If you exit at the base of the Friction Pitch (at an 'obvious' opening - look for old cam), I'd give it a 5.4 to 5.5 rating depending upon the type of shoes you have. The FP Bypass Chimney is a 5.4 variation but only if you take the easiest line at the top. As with most variations, you can up the grade by picking a harder line.
The Bypass Chimney is not as easy as it looks. It certainly starts out very easy but it will throw you a loop near the top. If you run into problems, just back off and try another line.
Enjoy Safe Climbing