Whitehorse Mountain/Northwest Shoulder


Basic Alpine Climb - Whitehorse Mountain/Northwest Shoulder

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  • Sat, Apr 22, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft

Friday night at trailhead

Update: 2/21/2017 - Leader permission is no longer required to signup for waitlist

7000' in a day!  You must be in end of summer shape in April :)  Highly recommend doing a conditioning trip with me the Saturday before.

Leader's permission only.  Slight preference to people I've scrambled/climbed with in the past 12 months.  Let me know what you've been up to, and what you plan to do before the climb.  Open to 2nd year intermediates who have passed Ice FT and Basic Grads that have done plenty of winter scrambling.

Historically, this trip has been done in May.  But the last few years, I've heard that the moat is either impassible, or unsafe to cross.  So going to try in April, which also has challenges - too much snow maybe?  And of course most trips to Whitehorse cancel because of the weather.

Car camp at trailhead in order to facilitate starting in the dark on Saturday.


Whitehorse Mountain/Northwest Shoulder

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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