North Gardner Mountain/Northwest Route


Basic Alpine Climb - North Gardner Mountain/Northwest Route

Ski mountaineering trip to climb Shuksan and get some fun turns on the Sulphide on the way down. Back up weekend will be the 8-9th if access/weather prevent it from happening on the posted dates.

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  • Sat, May 8, 2021 — Sun, May 9, 2021
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging

Sat a.m. at the trailhead (assuming we can get to it!), time TBD

Dedicated backcountry ski/splitboard set up required.

The beginning of May is typically perfect Sulphide Glacier skiing timing however with this year's monster snowpack, it may prove to be somewhat aspirational.  We'll know more in the next two weeks.   Choosing to post this trip after this past week's warm weather is giving me hope!

We don't need the FS road to be clear all the way to the TH but we do need to make it well past the Shannon Creek CG.

Back up weekend is the 8-9th.

You will need crampons that are compatible with your ski/snowboard boots for the summit pyramid.


North Gardner Mountain/Northwest Route

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Back country skis/splitboard
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • 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
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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