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Basic Alpine Climb - Little Tahoma/East Shoulder

Successful climb of Little Tahoma

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Fryingpan creek trail  melted out with a few patches on switchbacks. We followed mostly continuous snow from summerland to pt 7573 campsites. Left at 1am to avoid heat of the day. Fryingpan glacier was straightforward, as was crossing over to the Whitman. Two large crevasses on whitman were easily avoided. Snow was very firm on ascent and the steep portion of the whitman was challenging for a basic level climb. With direct sunlight, snow had quickly softened to allow for easier descent by 8am. (Another party was ascending easily at this time, and may be the better option if you wish to avoid a more challenging ascent.) 

    Able to descend from camp to summerland  almost entirely by glissade.