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Glacier Climb - Sahale Peak/Quien Sabe Glacier

Successful loop from Milepost 21 gate, up to Boston Basin, the Quien Sabe Glacier, summit block, rap off the back, down Sahale Glacier and Sahale arm loop.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Glaciers were in great condition, no crevasse issues.   Cornices seem to be okay, they were pretty much straight down to the rock below, not really overhanging except for a small one near the summit block.  Was able to get within 30ft of the summit on snow before final part is rock scramble.

    Most of the hiking trail on the way out the Sahale Arm is still snow covered with icy patches.

6/25/17 - Party of 7, started at Milepost 21 (1 mile in from Eldorado trailhead) gate is shut there at 4am.   17 hours car to car.    Were on the summit block around 1pm.    Only tricky part was the stretch to the summit block.  Snow was getting sloppy but was able to still get in a few pickets.

With 7 people we did a running belay to the summit since it was only about 30ft of rock scramble.  Led up and anchored in then belayed in each follower on the rope team with prusiks.  2nd rope team followed and led up the rock pro left behind. 

Rapped off the backside with twin 37 ropes with plenty to spare.

Snow still covers much of the trail on the Sahale Arm side, some icy spots.  Would recommend crampons even if it seems sloppy at the start of some of the steeper sections.