Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
Rad

Slesse pocket glacier status

Recommended Posts

Any recent pics? Comments on this year's snowpack in the area?

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

given all the snow show in that sahale tr seems hard to imagine it wouldn't be around n' menacing currently :)

 

surprised ole'drewl ain't piped up on this already though...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
surprised ole'drewl ain't piped up on this already though...

 

Yeah, he usually hikes up twice a day to take pics. Must be on vacation or something.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

perhaps them sheep ain't as shaggable as they once were and require much more diligent searching after? :)

Edited by ivan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If anybody goes up, I´d like some info as well. I´ll be back in the NW this summer and Slesse is something I´d finally like to climb.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a pic from June 1. There was a lot to come down then. Higher than average snowpack in the Slesse area this spring.

 

14159090309_971d2d85a2_b.jpg

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey all,

 

Is a 4WD and/or high clearance needed in order to get to the trailhead for climbing Slesse? Also, if coming from the south, which border crossing do your recommend?

 

Thanks!

Drew

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got down just this morning from bailing. Bivied at propellor cairn and heard at least one major ice fall event per hour all night. Woke up to this jumble showphoto.php?photo=98545&title=slesse-gacier&cat=500

 

the main issue was a tongue of glacier blocking the ramp to take us up and over to the pocket glacier bypass route. It didn't look to be hanging on by much and had water gushing beneath it across it's entire width. I'm sure it will be gone soon. A deteriorating forecast and high clouds and lenticulars made the decision to retreat easier.

 

Here's a shot from the memorial:

showphoto.php?photo=98546&title=slesse-gacier&cat=500

 

The access to the full buttress looks pretty well guarded at this point as well. It was our first time to slesse, but those are some nasty glaciers.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's Aug 8-- any updates from ppl in area?

 

Also I found frimer's excellent topo for Crossover Pass descent. Can anyone who's done it comment-- easy to find, scary, etc etc? I've done NE Buttress but we descended the regular way to west of mtn.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has someone been in mt slesse recently? Any update in the current conditions?

Any information would be great!

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

glaciers are still in place and fairly big. the pocket glacier has lots of dirt and rocks near the start of the route. but the large block that sits on the ramp is gone. we took a pickup in but a suzuki sx4 made it to the hill just below the trail turnoff at the clearing. 4wd hc after that. road is waterbarred as usual but the drainages are no worse than last year.

another long hot week coming up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Is a 4WD and/or high clearance needed in order to get to the trailhead for climbing Slesse?

Any updates on this? How much road walking required from end of 2WD? Thx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Brette and I climbed the NEB yesterday. 12hrs car to car descent via crossover pass.

 

Still lots of death blocks lingering in the cirque. Sliding frequently.

We managed to stay mostly clear of the line of falling ice by staying high on the left side of the cirque employing multiple shoulder stands and 'teamwork' body aiding off each other to get by blank sections of polished slab. no joke.

 

about a 45 second dash beneath the ice brought us to safer terrain on the right side of the cirque and the bypass ramps.

 

IMG_11232.JPG

 

 

A party behind us bailed after several VW sized blocks ripped through the cirque as they were preparing to cross. I watched this go down from the crux of the direct route below the bivy ledge, glad no one got hurt. Its still fully heads up, make good choices.

 

We had a great day. When I climbed this route six years ago at age 15 I couldn't have imagined that I would team free solo it with my girlfriend one day.

 

IMG_11313.JPG

 

IMG_11432.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Been back in there twice since the last report. Once for Navigator Wall and once for E Pillar. Both fun.

 

There's less ice in there than the previous post and things are about as mellow as they will get. That being said I probably wouldn't stop to have a picnic in the pocket glacier cirque. But right now is definitely the time to go.

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×