Banshee Peak & Cowlitz Chimneys


Basic Alpine Climb - Main Cowlitz Chimney

Participants should be excellent physical condition, and competent and organized in their technical skills. We will be attempting to summit Banshee and Central Cowlitz Chimney as well.

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  • Wed, Oct 15, 2014 — Thu, Oct 16, 2014
  • Tacoma Basic Alpine Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft

After 10/13 self registration at White River entrance is all that is necessary.  We will meet there at 9 a.m.

Plan on camping along the ridge east of Panhandle Gap.  You will need climbing harness, personal anchor, prusik, 2 locking carabiners, 4 regular carabiners, double runner, single runner, belay device, chock pick, mountaineering boots, gaitors, helmet, plus overnight gear.  Group gear will be determined once group is identified.  I will consider going in 30-40% showers with improving conditions for Thursday. 


Banshee Peak & Cowlitz Chimneys

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS Chinook Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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