Intermediate Alpine Climb - K Spire/East Face


Intermediate Alpine Climb - K Spire/East Face

One day skimo to climb K-Spire.

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  • Sat, Jun 5, 2021
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 8,886 ft

Fryingpan Creek TH, 5:30AM.

Should be an adventurous climb, both on the snow and on the rock.  A concise route and climb description is in Beckey's CAG, v1, p128 that lists the climbing as 5.6-5.7.  There is some additional beta available online in the Rainier climbing blog (here), on the Mountaineers blog (here), and in the usual places (LoJ, PeakBagger).   Online pictures are limited, but here is a good view of the east aspect.

We will climb in teams of two.  We will travel on skis.


Meany Crest

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    USGS Mt Rainier East
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Uphill ski setup for approach (including ski crampons, possibly whippet)
  • Usual kit for avalanche terrain (modern beacon, probe, shovel).
  • Usual kit for glacier travel/crevasse rescue.
  • Usual kit for multi-pitch rock.
  • [Per team] Extra tat / rings for the rap.
  • [Per team] Light rack of passive pro (nuts, tri-cams) and some cams up to BD#1.
  • [Per team] 60m single-rated rope.
  • Rock or approach shoes (not expected to be climbable in ski boots)
  • Crampons for ski boots
  • Two pickets per person (unknown moat/edge conditions getting on/off the Fryingpan)
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