After hiking to the glacier camp I knew I had to come back and finish this one off. We did a day trip up Sahale Arm and made it to the summit with little trouble. There are a few exposed moves up there and in retrospect we probably should have had a rope to get down. We made it back in one piece though and enjoyed a nice glissade down the glacier. Even saw a few goats on the glacier, what they were doing there who know?
beautiful area of the cascades, beautiful campsite on sahale arm. climb is straight forward, summit was exposed rock class 3. used rope to repel
Beautiful mountain in a spectacular area
Side trip on a failed attempt at Buckner. Sahale is a surreal view point, especially with a marine layer dumping over Cascade Pass and evaporating. That same marine layer would do us in the following morning as we tried to get across Horseshoe Basin.
Climbed a steep snow chute east of the south face. First trip to N Cascades.
This is my favorite mountain of all time. Each time up had a unique experience, but on July 1 when I actually summited it became my scariest trip of all time. Loose snow with no protection is not exactly my cup of tea.
There is no more beautiful place. Period.
Climbed the West Face as an alternative to the Quien Sabe Glacier route.
Just a dayhike, so stopped at the base of the glacier. Wow - amazing views the whole way! Definitely want to come back and go higher!
Climbed as part of AAI course.
My girlfriend & I went up and camped at the Sahale Glacier Campsites, it is a great place to camp. The weather was great the next day and we made it up to where the snow meets the rock. There was an unusual amount of snow for this time of the year, the standard route was too sketchy and the other options (class four) were of loose, wet rock (light snowfall the prior night) and we decided to retreat. will be back though.
Beautiful day out with the masses on Sahale. Solo'd up, rapped down...back in Marblemount in time to get a shake at Cascadian.
Way too frightening for a repeat. I don't know what I was doing up there.
Views are so good you find it on the cover of the North Cascades NPS brochure. As with so many climbs, it just gets better the farther up the hill you go. Walked past Marmots playing with their kids down in the meadows of the Arm. Another shout out for the burgers at Good Food, as well!
The start of something special...
Have climbed sahale and Quien Sabe Glacier. The Quien Sabe is my preference, both offer great views and a good time.
Storm hit R3 and I on the arm, cold and wet. Fortunate to get blue bird the next day. Fun summit block. I can see why this is popular.
This was an OSAT trip led by Scott Harder. An unexpected storm hit us at the worst possible moment on the Sahale Arm. Elisha slipped on the rotten slushy snow and was unable to arrest with her axe. In some spots it was only about 10 inches deep with soft mud and grass below. She slid down about 80 yards yelling for help, until she crashed into some rocks injuring her knee. It's an awful feeling to watch one of your friends sliding out of control and knowing there's nothing you can do to stop it. The wound was mostly internal but made it difficult and painful for her to walk.
When we got down to where she was, we roped her up, distributed her gear, and helped her down climb using an in-balance technique with her in the middle of the rope and two people up hill from her at either end. We bivouacked at cascade pass and helped her the rest of the way down the next day. She ended up with something called "water on the knee" and is okay now.
Long one day summit in North Cascades. Halfway up glacier we went straight up and hit the rock ridge for a change from standard route. Good blocky rock that we placed a couple pieces of pro. Rap off summit. Burgers at Good Food on drive home.
Up the Quein Sabe Glacier, to the 5.0 rock. Nice melow climb.
The cornice on the summit rock line is what I remember the most.