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The Tooth/South Face

We did a pretty standard climb of the Tooth on May 16th, starting from Alpental at 5:30am. The whole day was socked with little visibility, but all of the rock was dry, and the temps warmer than expected, so it was a pretty comfortable day giving the Tooth a more isolated feel! We brought snowshoes & crampons, but never took either out of our packs, I doubt either will be necessary up there for the rest of summer. There is just enough snow in Great Scott basin to cover the talus field and be supportive. Ice axes were still good to have though. Absolutely no snow left on the west side of the of the ridge crest, so the final scramble was easy. A Washington Alpine Club class of 10 showed up just as we were roping up, so we were very glad we got on the rock first. Everyone in our group was very well prepared, and the whole day went smoothly!

 

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Rob Busack
Rob Busack says:
Mon, May 23, 2016 11:45 AM

<p>We did a pretty standard climb of the Tooth on May 16th, starting from Alpental at 5:30am. The whole day was socked with little visibility, but all of the rock was dry, and the temps warmer than expected, so it was a pretty comfortable day giving the Tooth a more isolated feel! We brought snowshoes &amp; crampons, but never took either out of our packs, I doubt either will be necessary up there for the rest of summer. There is just enough snow in Great Scott basin to cover the talus field and be supportive. Ice axes were still good to have though. Absolutely no snow left on the west side of the of the ridge crest, so the final scramble was easy. A Washington Alpine Club class of 10 showed up just as we were roping up, so we were very glad we got on the rock first. Everyone in our group was very well prepared, and the whole day went smoothly!</p>