The Brothers/South Couloir


Basic Alpine Climb - The Brothers/South Couloir

Basic Alpine Climb on a holiday weekend to a (hopefully) commanding view of the entire Olympic range. Preference until 2/28 given to second-year Basics who need a graduation climb. After that, open to anyone eligible.

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  • Sat, May 27, 2017 — Sun, May 28, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,200 ft

To be arranged.  I plan to use carpools and travel on the Edmonds/Kingston ferry on one of the earlier ferries, and be on trail by 9 am. 

On the return, we will likely reach the trailhead around 5-6 pm on Sunday. 

Preference given to second-year basics who need a graduation climb.  That's the reason for "Leader Permission Required."

Plan to camp at the climber's camp, which is about 5-6 miles from the trailhead, and climb on Sunday morning starting at 5 am.  The first three miles are on good hiking trail to Lena Lake.   Then the remaining trail meanders up through the "Valley of the Silent Men" to a very basic camp at 3,000'.  There are possible river fords after Lena Lake and just before climbers camp.  Some shoes for wading would be nice.

On Sunday, we'll climb, return to camp, pack up, and return to the trailhead. If certain folks wish to stay at Lena Lake and leave on Monday, that may be possible.

Carpools are encouraged to share the cost of the ferry. 


The Brothers/South Couloir

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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