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aarondray

Black Peak, Washington Pass, Conditions

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I am planning on attempting the Northeast Ridge of Black Peak near Washington Pass in mid-September with a partner. We will be traveling from out of state and would appreciate any information about the conditions from anyone who has been up there recently. In particular, how much snow is left on the approach to the ridge? How icy is it? Are crampons and/or an axe recommended on the snowfield? We are trying to decide between taking an axe and crampons, just crampons, just microspikes, or just boots. Also, would you recommend a 50 meter or 60 meter rope? We plan on simulclimbing most of the ridge but potentially pitching out the 5th class sections. Any advice on conditions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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