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Basic Alpine Climb - South Early Winter Spire/South Arête

An enjoyable climb with great students. We had the route to ourselves.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Route is in great shape as of this writing.

    All three (two trees, one bolted) rappel anchors are solid.

    No water on approach, nor on route.

NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful National Parks pass required to park at Blue Lake Trailhead.

Protected first move of route (crux) with 0.5 and 0.75 BD camalots.

Setup handline across "whale back" feature.

Map of our route with GPS track overlay.

GPS track (.gpx file) -- right click + "save as" to download.

Nearing the top of the stretched out second pitch.  This is above the chockstone chimney:


The "Whale Back" feature with handline installed (clip personal anchor or prussik to handline):


Scrambling to the summit.  This is past (above) the "whale back" feature, where the South Arete route intersects the South Gully route just below the summit:


Views of crespuscalar rays and North Cascades peaks from out hike out:


Complete gallery of images from this climb.