The Tooth/Southwest Face


Basic Alpine Climb - The Tooth/Southwest Face

A classic. One of the best basic rock climbs. LOTTERY SIGNUP - See Below

  • Tue, May 23, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Intermediate Rock Climb
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft

6:45 at the Alpental parking lot N of Snoqualmie Pass.  

NOTE- Forest Parking Pass or equivalent required.


There is a lot of competition for early season climbs, and getting on has become a speed clicking contest.  To make things more fair, we're going to do this on a lottery basis, as follows:  If you are interested in this climb, sign up any time on opening day, May 8. All names on the roster and the wait list as of midnight, May 8, will be entered in a random lottery to determine  the roster and the wait list.  Everyone who signs up at any hour on May 8 has an equal chance of getting on the climb.

The first three to sign up online will get a system-generated automatic acceptance email, but under this procedure they will NOT actually be on the climb unless selected in the lottery.   I'll let you know the results in a day or two.

Leader's permission is NOT required. 

WEATHER - May is still pretty much winter here in the NW.  If possible, keep May 25 open as a weather alternate day.


The Tooth/Southwest Face

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots for the approach
  • Rock shoes allowed on the climb if you wish
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe 
  • Webbing, singles and doubles, and hero loop(s)
  • 6 non-locking carabiners
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • A few warm layers
  • Rain jacket 
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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