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#1152000 - 10/03/16 08:59 PM [TR] Slippery Slab Tower - Northeast Face 10/1/2016
bellows Offline

Registered: 08/11/08
Posts: 152
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Loc: Seattle
Trip: Slippery Slab Tower - Northeast Face

Date: 10/1/2016

Trip Report:
Slippery Slab Tower near Stevens Pass is a good destination if you're looking for a long hike capped with a short rock climb on an appealing alpine tower. Overall it's about 12 miles round trip with half a pitch of low-fifth rock. The hiking along the PCT is certainly the highlight of the day. Saturday's weather was just good enough for my wife and I to squeeze it in for one last climb to cap off our summer.

Fall colors in full effect:

Progressively closer views of Slippery Slab Tower along the approach:

At the base of the climb we scrambled the obvious 4th class gully up to a big ledge with trees. From there I led a single pitch ~50' up a slabby dihedral, made appropriately slippery with a small squall of snow flurries and my trail runners. I took the single lead all the way to the summit block and belayed by wife up. From there we down climbed to a boulder with sling and rapped the route and gully. Action shots:

About an hour later we were back at our packs where Mac was waiting patiently for us. Alpine crag dog:

Overall is was just over 8 hours c2c via the Tunnel Creek approach. We were slowed down by plentiful blueberries still in season along the trail:

Gear Notes:
Small alpine rack. There's a stuck 0.3 (not mine) crammed way in a crack in the dihedral that you might be able to booty with a coat hanger, a flash light, and a patient belayer.

Approach Notes:
Savor the approach.

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#1152003 - 10/03/16 10:04 PM Re: [TR] Slippery Slab Tower - Northeast Face 10/1/2016 [Re: bellows]
JasonG Offline

Registered: 10/12/00
Posts: 2794
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Loc: Mount Vernon
Cool, I'd forgotten about that one. Thanks for the reminder to put it back on the list!

#1152005 - 10/04/16 07:36 AM Re: [TR] Slippery Slab Tower - Northeast Face 10/1/2016 [Re: bellows]
Pete_H Offline

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 2783
TRs: 7 Photos: 188
Loc: Der
Nice. Not often can you bring your dog on an alpiny climb!


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