Basic Alpine Climb - Sharkfin Tower & Sahale Peak


Basic Alpine Climb - Sharkfin Tower & Sahale Peak

Sharkfin Tower is a Basic Rock climb and Sahale Peak via Quien Sabe is a Basic Glacier climb. If permits aren't available, it may become a one-day climb of Sahale Peak instead.

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  • Sat, Jul 28, 2018 — Sun, Jul 29, 2018
  • Tacoma Basic Alpine Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Rock Climb, Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging


The approach is long, steep, and brushy, and the approach gully for Sharkfin Tower has very steep snow. The rock climbing section is fun, low 5th class with great exposure and panoramic views of a spectacular basin. Not a good first rock climb because of steep snow. Sahale Peak is a moderate glacier climb with tremendous scenery, but very strenuous if done in one day.

Please don't contact the leader until registration opens. Priority given to Tacoma Basic Climbing students.


Sharkfin Tower & Sahale Peak

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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