Epic Last Line: The FIFTY Project Wraps Up Its Season on ‘The Patriarch’

‘The Patriarch’ is an epic, cliffy ski line that runs down Montana’s great Glacier Peak.

In episode 36 of Cody Townsend’s The FIFTY series, ski mo experts Jim Morrison, Hilaree Nelson, and Townsend himself take on the dangerous route in subzero temps.

Drawing on their alpine wisdom, the trio skins 6 miles out to the peak, climbs 2,000 vertical meters, then rappels and skis down some of the most technical terrain south of Canada (specifically, Montana).

See what it takes to fire “The Patriarch” — all 7,270 vertical feet of it in The FIFTY’s final line in the lower 48.

Runtime: 15 minutes

cody townsend hiking uphill through lots of snow with skis in A-frame on pack
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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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