Chair Peak/Northeast Buttress


Basic Rock Climb - Chair Peak/Northeast Buttress

For students of the Intense Basic course, a 1-day Basic Rock climb of Kangaroo Temple, an easy 3 pitches of low 5th class rock climbing in a stunning setting. Driving up Saturday evening and car-bivying somewhere nearby highly recommended.

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  • Sun, Aug 15, 2021
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 3
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 3,238 ft

The original plan had been Kangaroo Temple, but we're changing destinations to Chair Peak NE Ridge to avoid any potential complications with the Cedar Creek Fire that's burning near Hwy 20.

Will be clarified via email when the trip gets closer.  Meeting time will likely be around dawn at the hairpin turn on Hwy 20.  Drivng up the night before (Saturday evening) and car-bivying somewhere nearby is strongly recommended.

From now until June 14th, I'm only taking sign ups from students who are participating in the 2021 Intense Basic course.  If you're a student in that course, you automatically have my permission to sign up for this, but there's going to be a lottery.  If you're interested in this trip, email me before Monday May 3rd.  On Monday May 3rd I'll use to select who's on the trip and the order of the waitlist, and I'll register those people for this trip at that time.  After May 3rd, IB students who didn't participate in the lottery can add themselves to the waitlist at any time.

On & after June 14th, registration will be open to anyone, not just IB students.  Just send me an email telling me first about your fitness & experience so I can get a sense, and I'll likely give you permission to register.


Chair Peak/Northeast Buttress

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Below are the defaults the website auto-populates.   Closer to the climb itself, I'll give a more accurate gear list via email.

  • 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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