South Early Winter Spire/Southwest Couloir


Basic Alpine Climb - South Early Winter Spire/Southwest Couloir

A late attempt at an early-season alpine climb.

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  • Sat, May 27, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 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 Friday and camping at the trailhead. 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 will be needed for the approach. Climbers must be comfortable climbing and rappeling on steep snow in crampons. This climb is usually done earlier in the year but we're counting on deeper snow coverage this winter. We'll cancel if we see a report that says that the route is out (or the weather is going to be crummy).


South Early Winter Spire/Southwest Couloir

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay device
  • Slings and carabiners
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