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Alpine Scramble - Sluiskin Mountain/The Chief & The Squaw

Three day trip to Climb Sluiskins (Chief and Squaw), Redstone, Tyee and Pigeon Peak

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  • Basic Alpine Climb, Sternous 5, Technical 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 36.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,600 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

Carbon River Ranger Station at 7.30 AM

The participation on the trip is by invitation only. 

All participants of this trip will sign up as "Co-leaders" on this technically challenging trip on the carbon river side of Mount Rainier 

Cowlitz Chimney and Redstone are rated as Class 4-5 climbs which can also be scrambled. In certain sections of this scramble, we might opt to put a hand line to prusik up or down. In certain sections - we will have to rappel down

For this perspective, all co-leaders are also recommended to have completed basic climbing or are comfortable doing Class 4- Class 5 scrambles without a lot of help

Considering the long nature of the trip (3 days and requiring camping) and also requiring permits in the cross country zone, participants with history of last minute cancellations are not allowed to sign up 

We will move at a brisk pace on the first and second day. 

High level plan
Day 1: (Sluiskin the chief and squaw)
1. Start at 7.30 AM at Carbon River Ranger station - get permits and start biking at 8 AM
2. Bike to Ipsut Creek camp ground - lock our bikes and start hiking to Windy gap area below yello stone cliffs (depending on permit)- will set up camp 
3. Climb Sluiskin the chief and Squaw
4. Return back to camp - have dinner and sleep 

Day 2: (Redstone and Pigeon)

1. Start at 7 AM from camp - climb Redstone peak 
2. Traverse to Pigeon peak from there 

3. Head back to camp and rest / pack out and leave - depending on the group 

Day 3: (Optional to participants)

1. Tyee peak and Crescent peak - for those who have not done it  or Old Desolate and Mineral for those who have not done it 
2. For those who do not want to stay the 3rd day - are welcome to hike out and bike back to the cars 

(for those choosing to leave the group, are doing so in their own terms and for that reason, we will only allow co-leaders and experienced scramblers on this trip)


Sluiskin Mountain

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