The Tooth/South Face


Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

This is a basic rock climb for the Tacoma Basic Alpine Climbing Course.

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  • Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2, Technical 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft


A local classic! Tacoma BAC 2022 students: This is a great first rock climb for those who feel moderately to very comfortable on rock. There is some exposure (less than on other climbs such as Kangaroo Temple, but more than on some such as Slippery Slab), and there are one or two moves that could reasonably be described as 5.6.

If you are less comfortable on rock but looking to push your limits, this is a great climb; if you are already pretty comfortable on rock, The Tooth offers 3-4 fun, mellow pitches on good, chunky rock with beautiful views from the top (weather and wildfire smoke permitting!), all in an easy, accessible, one-day alpine setting. If you think of yourself as very uncomfortable on rock, it might not be the best first rock climb, but could be a great second climb for you!

Please feel free to contact the leader with any questions about this climb; please save sign-up questions for after the BAC rock field trips. Thank you.


The Tooth/South Face

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  • The Ten Essentials
  • A back pack (30 to 50 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)
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
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