N Face Solo, very sketchy, thin crust over powder on the top half. N Face rarely comes in very good conditions. NE Buttress usually a lot better because it's on the sunny side so it gets the melt/freeze. Not recommended in summer, climbers have been killed due to choss rock, no good gear. Soloed the NE Buttress a month later and a year later with a friend. 4 attempts before the first summit.
Hard to protect and loose. Not my favorite climb.
First time I ever led, taking a first time climber. Luckily it was an easy climb or else we would have had "a bad day".
Great alpine route in full conditions - snow, spindrift avalanches, high winds, low visibility. . Don and Pat were on route at the same time we were. Route is in good condition (right now).
Not my favorite rock climb.
Climbed the NE buttress with four other friends. Fun climb but very loose rock. Saw a mountain goat on the summit. nice day.
Scrambled to the beginning of the technical rock on the north side of Chair. Solo. Tried to continue traverse north towards Gem Lake but got cliffed out.
Second WAC Basic class alpine climbing field trip.
Kinda sounds more like the Tooth than Chair.
See my brother's (Tom Fralich) comments below.
Made pretty easy ascent of NF in mostly snow conditions. Was hoping for more ice but only spots on the first pitch. Made the route in 3 pitches and we were feeling pretty good about it until a guy (Jens from CC.com) came soloing up the route AFTER already soloing the NE Buttress. He climbed the route in mere 30 minutes (?). He put us to shame. Great descent on otherwise great outing.
Climbed the route with my brother, who just moved to Seattle, as his first alpine route. We left the parking lot at around 6:30AM and found a well packed trail all the way to the NE ridge. The wind was blowing pretty hard on the ridge, but once we were on the route, things settled down a bit. After some delays getting started due to a slower party, we climbed the face in 4 long pitches. Conditions were OK, but there wasn't much ice and the snow wasn't as consolidated as I hoped. We reached the summit at around 1PM and had an easy time with the descent. We were back in the parking lot at around 4PM. Very nice climb. I was happy to get such a nice peak in just a 4-day visit to WA.
An amazingly alpine climb considering how close one is to I-90 and Seattle, and how low the peak is. There was a considerable amount of snow in the basin beneath the NE Buttress, even in August of a normal snowfall year. I'll never forget how loose the rock is, though, and how a boulder came crashing down our rappel route right after we just got out of the way. A very dangerous peak!
With Fred. The descent is a pain.
Climbed with Monica Spicker.
Ryle and I parked at the Alpental Ski Resort and started hiking. In classic Josh and Ryle style, we didn't really know where we were going or what we were going to climb. Hell, we didn't even have a map. We started hiking and figured we'd find something interesting to go up. Ryle was in his jeans, and I was in shorts and running shoes. About a mile in we started postholing.
We followed some footprints up through the snow, scrambled up through some super steep dirt/bushes and eventually found ourselves at the base of what I think was Chair Peak. There was what appeared to be a few pitches of easy to moderate Class 5 rock, on the southeast side, so we scampered up that. The line we took came it at 5.easy with a few moves up to 5.6. A couple ancient-looking pins assured us that at least somebody else had been up this "route" before. Then we climbed some hideously loose (easy) rock up to the summit. I was yelling at Ryle most of the time because he was being a big pussy on the loose stuff. "Yeah, that piece of rock only weighs 30 lbs and is completely detached, but if you pull on it in the right way, it will hold." Anyway, we bagged the summit and headed back down. We found some anchors at the top of a steep, snowy chimney/gully and wound up doing two or three rappels to get down to easy terrain.
If what I described doesn't resemble anything on Chair Peak, please let me know. I suppose it's possible that we were on something else.