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Shuksan Fisher Chimneys Conditions?

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Anyone recently been up Shuksan Fisher chimneys?

 

This late in the season I expect there is ice on whinny's and hell's. Any big obstacles/bergschrunds, whether impassable, or just really annoying and time-consuming?

 

And a side question. How is the 5.7 variation up the summit pyramid? Good protection? nuts and a couple cams ok? Is it truly 5.7 or sandbagged?

 

Thanks,

Thatcher

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I did FC in mid September a couple of years ago. Winnie's slide was not difficult, but the pitch that gains the Upper Curtis was a bit icy, and we were forced to climb into and out of a crevasse on the Upper Curtis. Hells Highway was not difficult either. We had read a TR the week before recommending a second tool, so we brought, and used second tools for the two more difficult sections I mentioned.

 

If you mean by the '5.7 variation' the SE Ridge of the summit pyramid, I've heard from a solid partner of mine that they encountered difficulties in that range. The SW Ridge was really nice, the Haley boys and I did it sans rope BITD. Last time I did the SE Ridge was after climbing Price Glacier in challenging conditions, I took a belay for one or two moves of 5.5.

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