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Price Glacier on Mt Shuksan


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Hey everyone, I'm currently living in Denver and maybe flying in to the area for a Labor Day Weekend climb. Does anyone have a sense of what conditions are like right now on the Price Glacier based on how last winter & this summer have been? 

I'm aware that it melts out to where it is unclimbable, and tough to catch in condition, so just checking our odds on that. I lead up to bits of WI4, done things like Liberty Ridge & Ptarmigan Ridge on Rainier, N Ridge of Baker, N Face glacier route on Adams when it was very melted out (fun serac climbing) and my partner is solid into WI5 and has been active in the PNW since he moved out at the end of last season. I lead up to M3, and my partner probably to M5 or M6.

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I can't comment on that glacier, but based on observations of glaciers in the Forbidden/Sahale/Eldorado zome a bit further South - and phtos from the Pickets a bit further East, I would say you should expect seasonal snow is almost all gone and there will be bare glacial ice to contend with. FWIW, the Price glacier is one that most people stay away from due to the objective hazards of falling seracs. That's not my cup of tea, so perhaps others will have comments to add.

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my TR from 2014.  The technical skill you describe is certainly adequate, the real challenge is the route finding, and general big-mountain problem set and problem solving.

 

Compared to LR on Rainier, NR of Baker, and NF of Hood - I thought Price Glacier was larger (order(s) of magnitude) and more complicated objective. Technical ice and rock, shitty ice and rock, huge route, NO good beta, route advice, etc ... its truely a big and spectacular route. Very far out there, you'll feel like your on a different planet.

 

I'd 100% do it again, and really enjoyed the mid- to late-season conditions we found in 2014.

 

Enjoy, its a route youll never forget.

 

 

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I was on Nooksack a few years back and there was a party of two that had just finished Price at around 2PM.  They didn't know it but not five minutes after they got off the face the shrund broke and collapsed down the entire glacier to the lake below.  It swept the entire thing and resulted in a small tsunami in the lake.   It would have been pretty bad news for any one on that face.   Lesson would be to climb it in cold / dark conditions.  It sees a fair amount of sun.

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