The Fin/Northwest Ridge


Basic Rock Climb - The Fin/Northwest Ridge

A rarely climbed peak in the heart of the North Cascades

  • Sun, Jul 28, 2024
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb, Strenuous 2, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • Pace: moderate

TBA depending on sign up.  Either the Hairpin turn just east of Washington Pass, or Kangaroo pass.

This trip is intended for basic graduates who are active volunteers for the basic climbing program.  No students from this year on this trip please.   Leader will be scrambling Wallaby peak the day before, and we'll try to camp at Kangaroo pass, or nearby (e.g. the pond below) Saturday night.  Do try to sign up for Wallaby too, to save energy on logistics!  

An experimental peak to determine if it should be scheduled more regularly as a basic climb, so no summit guarantees!


The Fin/Northwest Ridge

  • USGS Washington Pass

    USGS Silver Star Mtn

    USGS Gilbert

    Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50

    Green Trails Stehekin No. 82

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • See full route/place details.
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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