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MarcusCollins

Mellow winter climbs?

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Howdy,

 

I've got a friend in town from the east coast who wants to do some "climbing" this weekend. I think he means anything from good snow hikes to stuff like Chair. Probably I would have more ideas if I hadn't just returned to the PNW from the East myself not long ago.

 

Avalanche conditions notwithstanding (they do look marginal right now), any recommendations?

 

Marcus Collins

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Yea Im not sure you are going to find many safe objectives this weekend. I guess it all depends on if the predicted friday snowfall happens. If it does you will have lots of new snow on top of wind deposits which equals not so good. If the friday-saturday snowfall does not pan out then go up to snoqualmie.

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You got skis or snowshoes? You might try something like Silver Peak, or maybe Mount Ellinor.

 

 

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Mt. Persis is kind of cool for a hiking destination and would offer little avalanche danger.

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Howdy,

 

I've got a friend in town from the east coast who wants to do some "climbing" this weekend. I think he means anything from good snow hikes to stuff like Chair. Probably I would have more ideas if I hadn't just returned to the PNW from the East myself not long ago.

 

Avalanche conditions notwithstanding (they do look marginal right now), any recommendations?

 

Marcus Collins

 

Portland or Seattle area?

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Mt. Persis is kind of cool for a hiking destination and would offer little avalanche danger.

This is what came to mind for me too.

If you have 4x4 you can get to the trailhead on the West side pretty easily. The road is good it just may be buried in snow right now when you get up higher.

When you are on the summit you get a great view of Mt Index west face.

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Some mellow (albeit kinda blah) snow slogs that come to mind (all these have pretty low avy danger if that's an issue):

 

Humpback (off I-90)

Abiel (off I-90 via Scout Lake)

Round (off MLH, near Darrington)

 

 

 

 

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Some mellow (albeit kinda blah) snow slogs that come to mind (all these have pretty low avy danger if that's an issue):

 

Abiel (off I-90 via Scout Lake)

 

 

If you go in to Abiel, take photos of the North Face for all of us to see!

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Whitechuck can be a good winter climb, with enough exposure on the Standard Route to be exciting but not really technical; also, it is all south facing so it tends to be relatively safe much of the time. The approach road, via Dan Creek out of Darrington, is popular as a snowplay access so although it is not plowed you may be able to get fairly far in there.

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Mt. Pilchuck, Sauk Mtn, Heather Ridge, those are pretty mellow. No technical gear needed anyway. You would want avy danger to be low though at least with pilchuck and sauk, IMO.

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Mt. Pilchuck,

 

Last time I heard there are raving lunatics out in the area of Mt. Pilchuck...people get killed around that place...

 

If you go, don't forget to bring a MLU...

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Last time I heard there are raving lunatics out in the area of Mt. Pilchuck...people get killed around that place...

 

Two people have died, a mother and daughter. Lastest news on that story is the hubby has to take a lie detector test. On the otherhand just becuase poeple died there doesn't mean its not safe. Plus its not like I dont pack heat in the backcountry anyway. :)

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