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Best/favorite Winter routes in the Cascades?

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the best winter cascade route is the drive over i-90 on the way to banff. :)

 

Haven't checked out your list but with my modest winter experience, I think the regular route on tooth is pretty cool in winter.

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oh, I see you got das tooth. AND whitechuck!

 

how about Darin Berdinka and Dave Brannons trip up Hall peak from 4 (or so) years ago?

 

W ridge of N twin is pretty good in winter too.

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I've said it on here before, but the North Ridge of Pinnacle Peak is an outstanding little winter climb. It is five or six short pitches from the notch (approach from Pinnacle-Castle basin), all with good belay's and moderate though exposed and exciting climbing.

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Maybe the North Face Couloir of Slesse could be one of the best lines.

 

Hiking snowy logging roads in the dark also seems pretty popular... not my favourite though.

 

 

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NE Buttress of J'berg is pretty outstanding in the right winter conditions.

 

NE Couloir of Argonaut is a fun little romp.

 

Bryant Peak has a nice ice route on its north face.

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Oh Baby! > Cant wait for the New Alpine Ice guide.GO Dave!

 

Someone's working on a new guide?

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Nothing on Shuksan?

 

The North Face route is a great winter climb but it doesn't make Ade's list because it is too easy. For some guys around here it is a ski route.

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it seems unfair that the volcanoes don't get their due. while most volcano routes are snow-slogs, these are quite nice:

- hood: n face, yocums, illumination rock, black spider

- rainier: ptarmigan, liberty

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Nothing on Shuksan?

 

The North Face route is a great winter climb but it doesn't make Ade's list because it is too easy. For some guys around here it is a ski route.

 

There are plenty more winter routes than the NF. Like the Nelson-Lewis (i hope i got that FA party right?) on Nuttsack Tower

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More commonly climbed is the White Salmon Glacier to "Hell's Highway," which is mis-labeled as "The Hourglass" on the topo map (or is it the other way around - I can't remember). This one is a ski route for more moderate skiers than is the North Face.

 

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Nothing on Shuksan?

 

The North Face route is a great winter climb but it doesn't make Ade's list because it is too easy. For some guys around here it is a ski route.

 

No easy is fine. Da Tooth and Chair are in for that very reason. Accessibility is more important than difficulty in some respects.

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Whitehorse - Alpine Banana or whatever they called that couloir

 

Hall Peak - definitely has super easy access and the potential for some pretty big WI lines. A bit subalpine for superclassic status but worthy destination none the less.

 

Lake 22 - Headwall looks big with easy access

 

Sloan Peak - The best looking winterline that everyone knows about yet no one has yet to climb

 

N Twin Sister - Agreed that the west ridge is a semi-popular and fun winter climb

 

Shuksan - Everyone climbs the N Face but there are obviously many other interesting moderate mixed line strewn about the NW side of the mountain with easy access.

 

Washington Pass Area??

Cutthroat

Early Morning Couloirs

W Face Couloir on Silverstar

other stuff?

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Oh Baby! > Cant wait for the New Alpine Ice guide.GO Dave!

 

Someone's working on a new guide?

 

YES, Our own AlpineDave is near completely done with a full list of the sweetness...

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what about big snow mtn? mclellan butte?

 

there was a winter alpine guide that dallas Kloke made years ago. Prolly out of print but has lots of smaller winter things to do, for mortals. Mostly snow climbing. He has some ice climbing in it.

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