Basic Alpine Climb - Whitehorse Mountain/Northwest Shoulder


Basic Alpine Climb - Whitehorse Mountain/Northwest Shoulder

A very strenuous (~7000’ gain), challenging, and rewarding summit with stunning views in all directions.

  • Sat, Apr 28, 2018 — Sun, Apr 29, 2018
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb, Technical 2, Strenuous 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,000 ft


Although spread over two days, this should really be considered a one day climb.  To lighten our loads this trip will allow us to practice our equipment skills to facilitate a planned bivouac.  We will ascend to Lone Tree Pass the afternoon of the day preceding our summit day, with a nominal bivouac time at the pass of ~9-10pm.  After an invigorating and cozy rest, we will use an early start to make the most of snow conditions on the traverse and final ascent to the summit.  Potential attendees are strongly encouraged to take part on strenuous winter scramble trips to maximize your opportunities to join us on this trip.  NOTE: attendance on winter scrambles requires prior graduation from the scramble course or basic climbing course.  Photos from past trips can be seen  here.


Whitehorse Mountain/Northwest Shoulder

  • Red Marker
    48.259150, -121.708689
    48.2591498919 -121.708688736
  • Red Marker
    48.210927, -121.677661
    48.2109271697 -121.677660942
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
Trip Reports