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!