South Early Winter Spire/South Arête


Basic Alpine Climb - South Early Winter Spire/South Arête

Basic rock climb, subject to weather & route conditions.

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  • Fri, Sep 8, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 1, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft

Meet at 7:30 am  at Blue Lake trailhead (48.5190882301, -120.67430019400001), just off Highway 20 between Rainy Pass & Washington Pass.

Consider car camping at / near trailhead due to long drive from metropolitan areas.

Climb is subject to cancellation if inclement weather is forecast. 

Please make sure your emergency contact information (and regular contact info) is current in the Mountaineers system.


I recommend reviewing the route description in the basic climbs guide.  This climb is described in the guidebook  "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume 1" by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield.  If you have access to this book, review the route description therein.  Also, many trip reports online (not just the Mountaineers sites) that will be helpful in familiarizing yourself with this route.

Rope leader please register in the Instructor/Assistant Leader category.


South Early Winter Spire/South Arête

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


Standard alpine rock climbing gear, including but not limited to the following:

  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rock climbing shoes optional (some skilled climbers can climb this route in boots and/or shoes).
Trip Reports