Sahale Peak/Quien Sabe Glacier


Basic Alpine Climb - Sahale Peak/Quien Sabe Glacier

A one-day glacier climb, camping near the trailhead Saturday night in order to get a very early start on Sunday.

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  • Sun, Jun 26, 2016
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Elevation Gain: 5,780 ft


We'll camp at the trailhead the night before in order to make an alpine start in the dark hours of Sunday morning.

Up the Quien Sabe glacier, down Sahale Arm to the Cascade Pass trail.  We'll do the whole climb in one long day, with 5700' of elevation to gain, roped glacier travel, hand-line use, a rappel, and some route finding challenges all sucking up time.  The need for speed and efficiency will be imperative, and even then it could be 15 hours car-to-car.

For leader permission, please email me with:

  1. Your SIG Leader's name and email address.
  2. A few examples of big-elevation-gain and heavy-pack days you've done this or last year, especially those including rough or off-trail terrain.  Include the time it took you, if you know.   (Note: Mt Si with 15% of your body weight is not enough!  25% is a better representation of an alpine climbing pack.  Better yet, test yourself by doing Mt Teneriffe, from car to summit, in under 4 hours with 25% of your weight.)
  3. A sense for the quantity of experience you have using a rope so far.  (e.g. How often do you go to Mountaineers practice nights? What other outdoor climbing experience do you have so far?)


Our climb will be roughly like this one:


Sahale Peak/Quien Sabe Glacier

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 essentials, plus the minimum needed for glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and rappelling with an extended rappel.

Including some very minimal items in case of an unexpected night out would be prudent, but keep it light so we still move fast, rather than letting it become a self-fulfilling prophecy. :)

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