* Ascent via Fisher Chimneys 8/23/17
Had a blast on the Fisher's Chimneys route to ring in independence day. Fun route to solo; a bit wonky in mountaineering boots.
Looked like a good route, unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate.
Took us 18 hours 13 minutes, starting at 4:37 am on the 24th. We ascended to the summit by 2:30 to mostly clear skies and arrived at the base of the chimneys just in time to see the sun set. From there it took about 2.5 hours of bushwacking and "trail" time to get back to the car.
The weather was turning nasty, snow conditions were not ideal, and one of our partners was already turning around. To this day I do not regret turning around on this one.
Summitted with Sebas. Conditions were very slushy and dangerous. Snow pack was very, very high. Hit by a storm at the top of the chimneys and climbed the wrong snow runnel to a false summit. Descended and caught the correct chute (all sketchy, slushy snow) to the top. Total white out. Descended the White Salmon Glacier... Don't do that.
Been dreaming about climbing this route for a while. Finally got on it. One of the highest snow years in recent history meant that we had mid-July snow conditions in mid-August. Camped at Lake Ann. Got slightly sidetracked through the upper chimneys and lost about an hour finding the right way. Winnie's slide and Hell's Highway were all snow (no ice). Didn't protect either; they were both around 50-55 degrees though. Summit pyramid was mostly rock. Ditched all our gear at the base of it and just took some water up. Really fun scrambling, but a big group knocked some rocks down as we were getting off the gully and they were starting to rappel. Please consider downscrambling the gully rather than rappelling to prevent rockfall through the gully (it is very easy to kill or seriously injure someone as there is nowhere to go to avoid rockfall and rappelling is much more prone to generating rockfall). There is no exposure and the vast majority of it can be downclimbed facing out.
Ended up downclimbing the lower chimneys in the dark and couldn't quite find the trail after getting off the chimneys(apparently lots of parties have gotten lost in the dark in that spot). Spent a few hours under the stars until people started coming up from Lake Ann and we could see headlamps on the trail. All in all, a mini-epic 25 hours camp to camp. Wonderful climb and route though, and the Perseids were lighting up the night sky as an added bonus!
This is one of my favorite routes on the mountain. Really fun, interesting mix of climbing.
AWESOME CLIMB! I had previously done the Sulphide Glacier, and this was a lot more challenging and enjoyable, in my opinion. Great conditions, and an awesome way to see the meteor showers!
Met my friend Mitch and Cousin Mikey on Whidbey Island and enjoyed a fun climb on an great mountain.
The route turned out to be in really good conditions, very little bare ice and not much in the way of crevasses.
Greate Route in good condition. I just wish we would have packed more water for the long day, my team was pretty dehydrated by the time we got back to lake Ann.
Great way to spend the 4th of July!!