Sahale Mountain Climber's Log
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|canderson||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: September 26, 2004|
|Fantastically beautiful approach up a well-maintained trail across Cascade Pass. Camped at 7,400 feet with an alpine start early the next morning. Small glacier, but we roped up anyway due to the late season conditions. Great cramponing with hard packed snow, few crevasses. Climbed the summit pyramid (class 4 rock), and feasted on some unbelievable sunrise views of Baker, Glacier, Rainier, Eldorado, ...|
This is a highly recommended climb, and I hope to return for more climbing in the area.
Thanks to Sara, Peter, Ken, and Bob for an amazing weekend of climbing!!
|Posted Oct 1, 2004 3:58 pm|
|Zeke||Route Climbed: Sahale arm/standard route Date Climbed: July 5, 2004|
|Rap down into boston Basin and decend over to attempt Forbidden. Makes for an excellent outting. Have your route finding skills tuned, just in case you run into weather and have to pick your way down the "Sabe".|
|Posted Aug 26, 2004 10:37 pm|
|aishv||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: August 21st, 2004|
|Climb Party: John, Dave. G, Aish|
Late start from Portland @ 8:00 PM on Friday (08/20). Reached Johanesberg TH at 2:30 AM. Planned for an early start up the trail, but sleep overcame us and we left the TH at 6:00 AM. Beautiful hike up cascade pass, doubtful lake and up the Sahale arm. After a short scramble up the high rocks, reached the snout of the Sahale glacier at 11:00 AM. Started to go up the glacier, but had to stop to put on crampons (slab ice and slush). The weather moved in quickly and forced us to stay put until 12:00. After an hour's stay at ~7600 ft and the clouds having moved east, we decided to go up the Sahale glacier. Once at the top of the glacier, about 200ft away from the summit pyramind, noticed a rapid movement of a bad weather front (thick clouds moving northbound and thunder) - immediate descent down the glacier and a wet return to the TH @ 5:30 PM. So close to the summit, yet so far! Planning to re-attempt 09/18.
|Posted Aug 23, 2004 1:11 pm|
|Derek Franzen||July 1980 and July 1982; Sahale Glacier|
|1st time with E Sandbo & L Rasmussen, climbed in combination with Boston. 2nd trip with M Woodmansee, B Brown, J Kristofski, L Franzen and other SAC members. Hiked in to Boston Basin Saturday morning, continued to W end of upper basin below Torment dropped gear and climbed Torment. Back down and spent night below glacier on gravel benches. Sunday traversed Boston Basin and accessed Sahale arm through break in ridge line S of Sahale. Dropped gear near Sahale Glacier and hiked up to summit. Back down to Cascade Pass trail and then back to cars. Fun trip, great weather, good friends.|
|Posted Aug 17, 2004 9:30 am|
|Norman||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: 8/14/04|
|One day, car to car. Good weather, fires to the south.|
|Posted Aug 16, 2004 9:17 pm|
|esugi||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: 6/21/2004|
|Came back from a butt whoppin' climb on Sahale. Cascade River road is washed out in three places between mile post 21 and 22. So, the road is gated closed at mile post 20. This added extra 3 miles one way to our climb. So our supposed 14 mile round trip (5100 vertical gain) turned out to be 20 miles round trip (6400 vertical gain)!!!!!! All in one day. Left at 4:15 am and returned to the car at 7:30 pm.|
Overall, it was worth it. The views from atop Sahale is one of the best. Beautiful clear day and we could see for miles and miles. Could make out Boston, Forbidden, Sahale, Mix-up, The Triplets, Magic Mtn, Cascade Peak, Johannesburg, Baker, Shuksan, Glacier Peak, Mt. Goode, etc.... there's so many!
I'll post a trip report soon with pics.
|Posted Jun 22, 2004 4:07 am|
|sublimesalamander||Route Climbed: Quien Sabe Glacier Date Climbed: June 4, 2001|
|Did the summit in three days. Could have easily done it in one long day.|
|Posted Feb 19, 2004 1:38 am|
|jverschuyl||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: August 20, 2000|
|Did a one day trip from the parking lot, and summited during a small snowstorm. There was about 5 inches of fresh snow on the upper half of the Sahale Glacier. I will have to come back some day when I can see.|
|Posted Oct 24, 2003 10:07 am|
|mntnrmichael||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: August 24, 2003|
|I was lucky enough to get to spend 2 nights at the base of the Sahale Glacier. The weather was incredible. One the 2nd day I made the short trip to the summit, I used no special gear, I went up in a pair of Gortex hiking boots and a pair of trekking poles. There were a few crevasses, all easy to go around or step over.|
|Posted Sep 8, 2003 10:58 pm|
|cluck||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: September 1, 2003|
|Long approach for such a short climb. Sahale glacier had a couple cracks opening up but was easy enough that we weren't worried about falling. |
We couldn't readily identify the exact route up the summit pinnacle, so we just climbed the crest of the west ridge because it looked fun and we had some gear to use. The rock was suprisingly poor on the first 50 feet or so, but got better toward the end. Near the top we moved down onto the south face a bit and found the short chimney leading up to the rappel station that I've heard people talk about, so I guess we got back on route.
The views from the top were breathtaking. We could see Glacier Peak and Mount Rainier to the south, and Forbidden, Eldorado, Baker, and Shuksan to the north. Plus countless other pointy bastards in every direction.
The rappel down the south face was great and I thought I could identify the "real" route just below the crest of the west ridge. Either way, it didn't look like there was a route that I'd be comfortable downclimbing w/o a rope.
Not a super challenging climb, but highly reccomended as the views can't be beat!
|Posted Sep 2, 2003 8:46 pm|
|zzril||Route Climbed: Quien Sabe Date Climbed: July 1999|
|Gorgeous day, very aesthetic route. Excellent glissading back to camp!|
|Posted Nov 26, 2002 2:19 pm|
|rpc||Route Climbed: Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: 9/14/02|
|Perfect weather. Did this as a day climb - surprisingly easy/quick approach for the 7mi one way dist. that the book mentions (guess the overly switched back trail to cascade pass lets you really haul without feeling it). Loose scree on the approach to summit pyramid but the climbing to top is 4th class. Excellent views incl. Glacier and Baker as well as I think Shuksan.|
|Posted Sep 16, 2002 9:13 am|
|Hendere||Route Climbed: Quien Sabe Glacier Date Climbed: July 2001|
|Spent six days there for a mountaineering course. Rained the whole time, but did get the occasional view. Great time and a cool mountain.|
|Posted Sep 14, 2002 8:57 am|
|mpyle||Route Climbed: Quien Sabe Glacier Date Climbed: 26 July 2002|
|Did summit on final day of 6-day introductory mountaineering course. After cloudless skies for most of our instruction, visibility was dismal when we made our summit climb. Such is life, and maybe it was best that we couldn't see some of the huge dropoffs! Mix of snow and easy rock scrambling made for a fun climb.|
|Posted Jul 31, 2002 6:25 pm|
|Joe Hanssen||Route Climbed: Quien Sabe Glacier Date Climbed: Summer '96|
|Sahale Peak has some of the most amazing views in the cascades, endless peaks from the summit. The morning of our climb, a bunch of balloons floated by us on the Quien Sabe Glacier. We watched some climbers ascend Sharkfin Tower. While on the summit of Sahale, another group of climbers approached from Cascade Pass to the south, so we built a snowman on top to greet them when they arrived.|
|Posted Jul 29, 2002 9:48 am|
|tbnelson||Route Climbed: Quien Sabe Glacier Date Climbed: July 16, 2002|
|After two nights of bivying on the Boston-Sahale col and doing Boston Peak and Buckner the day before, we made a 20 minute jaunt up to the summit of Sahale on a beautiful morning. After doing Sahale we went and climbed Sharkfin Tower before returning to our low camp in Boston Basin.|
|Posted Jul 18, 2002 10:55 pm|
|BicRungee||Route Climbed: quien sabe glacier Date Climbed: July 1998|
Climbed with Young Mister Haberman. Mellow glacier with only one schrund and maybe 35 degree section, then exposed scramble to summit. Beautiful mountain when approached from either Boston Basin or Sahale Arm. Sahale Arm makes a nice spring backcountry ski.
|Posted Jul 10, 2002 4:07 pm|
|scot'teryx||Route Climbed: Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm Date Climbed: 09/22/01|
|To summit: 7 miles one way|
Vertical Gain: 5100 vertical feet
Time: 11 hours round trip
Have wanted to do this peak for a long time so we finally set out for the cascade pass trailhead at 4am. Took the gravel road from Marblemount for 23 miles to the last trailhead on the road which has nice BIG bathrooms. Large parking area provides enough room for everyone. Left the trailhead at 7am. The trail to cascade pass (3.7 miles) is long and effortless. Trailhead is 3600 feet, and cascade pass is about 5300 feet, so it is relatively flat. After 33 switchbacks it opens up with vast views of the Triplets and Johanissberg (sp?)Mountain. The trail is wide open from here on out as it skirts some meadows and fields of rock and scree. Once at Cascade Pass, you go down into the valley for a few hundred feet where you hit a junction that takes you to Sahale Arm or to Stehiken (sp?). Follow the Arm up some steep switchbacks through brush and bushes for 700 vertical feet till you reach another junction that gives you some incredible views of
the Sahale Arm, and everything else around you. From here you can downclimb a trail to Doubtful Lake which is gorgeous, or start the climb towards the Sahale Glacier Camp at 7700 feet (from what I have heard it is the highest camp in the cascades). Beautiful meadows and songs from Marmots are seen and heard here as the trail starts out mellow and takes you around the otherside of the arm. Green, Blue, Red, are seen everywhere - spring must be a beautiful time of year around here. After a little longer one reaches the scree fields. The trail stops and picks up somewehre else every so often, and cairns are hard to see, but keep your eye on the terminus of the Glacier and you should be okay. Good boots that have strong support, such as full steel shank or so are recommended so that a twisted ankle is not a threat. After reaching the camp there are many small lakes and streams that flow off of the glacier that provided some of the best glacier water I had
ever had after coming back down, so be sure to bring your water filter! The campsites here remind me of Helen Lake Basecamp on Mt Shasta, shelters made from stones that provide some great protection from wind and weather. The wind was not too bad at spots on the trail, but reached around 25mph, but really cold, even though the sun shined brightly. (Bring lots of extra clothing) From camp you are only about 1000 vertical feet short of the summit, and a short 1.3 miles. Here is the spot to put on the crampons, get out the ice axe, and a rope (recommended). There was a group of BoeAlps in front of us and they did not use a rope, but I like to use ropes when there is a glacier involved that has crevasses. It is not a difficult glacier climb, Grade I - and the negotiation of crevasses is pretty simple as long as you stay on the crampon tracks. There are some large crevasses though and a fall without an ice axe, or the ability to use one could be serious. I noticed on the way down that there was a crevasse opening up at the halfway mark that might engulf the path, so hopefully there will be a detour path soon. Probe the area before continuing on. Once off the glacier, it is all scree from there on out. There are too many paths and approaches for the summit. Beckey has 3 listed, and they are all difficult, with a class 3-4 as being the easiest. So we skirted the southerly ridge and followed a couple of paths that lead us to the base of the summit, some 300 feet below the top. There was a group of some folks coming down, and the path they were taking was a little sketchy. On the south east side of the summit is a gulley that is about class 3-4 and has high exposure. One slip could be fatal. We climbed up and made our way up a small crack in a chimney that was rather difficult, but minimal exposure. The packs made it rather difficult, so we took them off and headed for the traverse across the gully. At this time the BoeAlps were belaying some climbers down, and one of them had on Plastics! I was so scared for him, as that was the absolute worst thing someone could have done. They should not
have been allowed on the summit climb as plastics are just asking for an accident. Anyway, we had to wait for these climbers to come down as we barely sat on a ledge for about 10 minutes. As they finally passed, we made our way for the next 2 difficult moves. Hoisting yourself onto a block was the first one, and the exposure once again was awful. Trembling and unsure of ourselves, Dick and I made the decision that it was not worth it, and that sitting there waiting in a gulley full of exposure just made it worse for our heads. Tired, drained mentally and physically, we headed back down and struggled with the crack in the chimney, after lots of swearing and such, we got back down the screefield and had lunch with our other teammate (and my wife) Alison. Once again the views are majestic, and just to make it to Sahale Glacier Camp is well worth the trip. BUT, w/o climbing skills, or a rock rope (we had a glacier travel rope, but it would not be strong enough we guessed) the summit climb can be intimidating.
|Posted Sep 23, 2001 4:02 pm|
|chalupa01||Route Climbed: Sahale Arm/ Date Climbed: june 14, 2001|
|got to 7600 feet in whiteout, saw the mountain once for 30 seconds through the fog at 5600 feet. lots of snow above cascade pass, the trail is only partially visible along the route. Very sloppy new snow in the late afternoon. Great views from what we could see.|
|Posted Jun 15, 2001 3:25 pm|
|Bob Bolton||Route Climbed: Sahale Arm/Sahale Glacier Date Climbed: August 1989 and July 2000|
|The elevation gain for this climb is over 5,000 feet (1500+m). Both climbs were in perfect weather, my preferred conditions! :-) Both were one-day affairs from the parking lot at the Cascade Pass trailhead. Sahale Arm is a great hiking destination by itself, with ever-expanding views into the spectacular and beautiful mountain terrain surrounding Cascade Pass. The views of the north face of Johannesburg get progressively more incredible. A vast sea of peaks is visible in all directions from the summit. The North Cascades are displayed in all their fantastic glory. I am a member of a Yahoo group called "Prominence" where mountain terrain is the topic of discussion. If you are interested in joining the group, send me an e-mail. One of our discussions resulted in some calculations that I requested having to do with the comparative ruggedness of various mountainous areas in North America. These calculations proved that the rugged terrain surrounding Cascade Pass, including 24 and 60 miles square, is the ruggedest in the North America, including Alaska, when it is measured as the average slope. For lesser distances, the area close around Denali slightly edges out this area. So if you love rugged terrain, this is the place to climb in North America. I will post more photos of the views here as time permits. I HIGHLY recommend climbing anything and everything in this general area, skills allowing.|
|Posted Apr 3, 2001 11:05 am|