Intermediate Alpine Climb - Le Petit Cheval/Spontaneity Arête


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Le Petit Cheval/Spontaneity Arête

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  • Sun, Jun 19, 2016
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft

We'll aim to arrive at the pullout by milepost 165 on Hwy 20 at 5:45am, and be be hiking no later than 6:00am.   I'll be camping somewhere near Washington Pass the night before, and I recommend that you do so too.

Myself, Mija, & David are all rope-leads on the Basic climb of Kangaroo Temple the day before this (June 18th.)  Our plan for the weekend is to drive up to Washington Pass Friday night, bivy somewhere, climb Kangaroo, then bivy again Saturday night.  Whoever joins us as the fourth Intermediate Student for Spontaneity Arete will have to drive up separately, and should probably come meet us somewhere on Saturday night.  We can talk details when the trip gets closer.


Le Petit Cheval/Spontaneity Arête

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • All the usual gear for an Intermediate Alpine Rock climb (helmet, harness, nut tool, etc.)
  • Ice Axe
  • Bring crampons and/or microspikes in the car, we'll make the call to bring them or not at the trailhead.
  • I'd recommend comfortable "all day" rock shoes for the route.
  • Sandals, crocs, or something for wading the creek crossing

Last time I climbed this was July 2013.  Here's my hazy memory of the rack we brought and were happy with:

  • Singles of Black Diamond C4 #3 and #2
  • Doubles of BD C4 #1 and smaller (down to #0.4, I think??)
  • set of nuts
  • a few tricams, perhaps
  • 10 single runners, racked as alpine draws
  • maybe 4 double runners??
  • 2 cordelettes (1 for each of us)
  • 60 meter rope
  • one small shared pack per rope team for carrying lunch, water, an extra clothing layer, etc.
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