Despite living in Washington State my entire life, I've never had the opportunity to visit the North Cascades. Our climb to Mt Sahale, finally corrected that! Boston Basin is one of the most beautiful locations I've been to.
The first day of our climb was a rugged hike involving bushwacking, numerous switchbacks and creek crossings with heavy packs. It was a nice break the following day, where we refreshed our basic climbing skills. Both Katy and I felt great, having been through these techniques before. Neither of us had the chnace to practice rappelling in quite a while - very fun to experience that again!
That evening saw a bit of cloud cover coming in, making our early morning "alpine" start time uncertain; we ended heading out around 7:00am as conditions cleared.
The overcast was actually nice - keeping temperatures cool and comfortable. Qiene Sabe Glacier starts of moderately, then steepens! At the top of the glacier we stepped onto a steep rock ridge. Traversing that got us to the summit pyramid. Our Guide quickly setup a belay and we found ourselves on the summit!
With all the Covid and Isolation over the past 18 months, I decided to not even try for a St. Helens climbing permit in April. Recently I discovered that the Mt St Helens Institute offered reasonably priced weekend climbs including the permit! We climbed the summer Monitor Ridge route with a 6:30am start from Climbers Bivouac.
2 Miles in from trailhead, end of the treeline.
Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams in the back round.
During RMI's Paradise Seminar, senior guide Hannah Smith led us through setting up a 3:1 pulley system. A bit windy on Paradise Glacier, sorry about portions of audio....
My sister Katy and I teamed up for our "2nd" summit together in July (we first summited together along with our older sister Marcia in 1973, guided by Joe Horiskey). After my 2018 Paradise Seminar with RMI resulting in a summit, Katy approached and asked if I'd being willing to try with her - hell ya!
Katy and John *training* !!! Lost count of Camp Muir visits ...
Sunset at Camp Muir prior to summit attempt
Looking down at Little Tahoma and 10,000 ft cloud deck
Crater from true summit