Basic Alpine Climb - South Early Winter Spire/Southwest Couloir


Basic Alpine Climb - South Early Winter Spire/Southwest Couloir

An early-season alpine climb in a beautiful area.

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  • Sun, May 1, 2016
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft

We'll meet at the Blue Lake Trailhead at 7:00 a.m. It's a long drive so I recommend driving up Saturday. The parking lot will be snowed in so we'll need to park on the side of the road. There may not be much room so carpooling is encouraged

Snowshoes or skis are likely to be needed for the approach. Climbers must be comfortable climbing and rappeling on steep snow in crampons.  The climb may need to rescheduled if the conditions are poor or the the highway is not yet open.


South Early Winter Spire/Southwest Couloir

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay device
  • Slings and carabiners
  • Snowshoes or skis
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