MarkDidier wrote:Yeah...always hoping the weather cooperates!
Current plan out of Salmon la Sac is Chikamin Peak and Mount Daniel. Any other recommendations are always welcome. Just looking for beautiful approaches and summit views - and Class 3 tops. Thanks!
ExcitableBoy wrote:I had a couple of thoughts for your time on the Mt Baker HWY. West Ridge of North Twin Sister is perhaps the best class three scrample in the area. The climbing is consistent and enjoyable, exciting but not expecially technical. Easily doable in a day.
The other thought is Mount Ruth, opposite Hannegan Pass from Hannegan Peak. This elegant glacier clad peak offers absolutely stunning views into the Nooksack and Price Glacier cirques of Mt Shuksan. You need an ice axe and crampons, but most folks do not rope up. The few crevasses will be open, obvious and easily avoided in August. A Corgi dog made the summit last time I was there, so it can't be that hard. The trip is probably more comfortable as a two day climb. I did it in conjunction with a traverse to Icy Peak (also very worthwhile, but the summit block requires a few 5th class moves and a rappel, so you may not want to do that) but there are bivi sites on top of Ruth for an amazing summit camping experience.
Snidely Whiplash wrote:I think to say that Cathedral Rock or the Citadel is Class 3 is stretching it. For example, the Citadel might be technically Class 3 near the top, but it's exposed, loose crap that scares most people. It is rarely climbed. Cathedral Rock is a popular Class 4 rope climb for some beginners. Under no circumstances could it be considered Class 3. Even Beckey calls it Class 4, which means closer to low Class 5.
Mark Didier wrote:EB -thanks for the feedback. Originally I had not planned on going all the way up to the Mt Baker Highway area just to try and avoid a lot of extra driving and moving about - but I changed my mind because for no other reason I want to get a really good view of Shuksan!
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