South Spectacle Butte


Basic Alpine Climb - South Spectacle Butte

Beautiful climb in larch season

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  • Sat, Sep 29, 2018 — Sun, Sep 30, 2018
  • Everett Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft
  • Pace: Fast


We will do the Carne High route on the approach, camp at Ice Lakes, summit S Spectacle on day 2 and return to the cars via Leroy basin.

Note that this scramble is very high-end and would be considered to be "unsavory" by many.  It has route-finding complexity and it is possible to get on class 4 terrain.  Moving quickly and efficiently is required.
I am looking for participants with comparable past experience  (tricky route-finding, exposed and loose scrambling, etc).   Please include in your request to join reassurances that you understand the nature of this outing and are prepared by prior experience.  
An example might be having completed the Fisher Chimneys route on Shuksan, and scrambling the majority of the chimneys and the full summit pyramid unroped.  (one rappel totally OK in the lower chimneys)

South Spectacle Butte

  • Green Trails Holden No. 113

    Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness

    USGS Trinity

    USGS Holden
  • See full route/place details.
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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