Spring Snow climb of Larrabee

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Washington, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Jun 18, 2005
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Created On: Jun 21, 2005
Last Edited On: May 30, 2006
Nick and I climbed this mountain for our first time several years ago in November. The weather predictions for this weekend were not favorable for a major mountain, so we decided to do our local Larrabee in the Spring. It was a wet climb, drizzle off and on much of the time. We stopped short of High Pass to get into the trees to see if the weather would improve. We were on mostly snow from Twin Lakes to the summit, so bring your ice axes in the Spring. We had our crampons too, but the snow was soft enough to get good steps. We could not see the mountain all day...until we were on our way out, and then only for a minute. It looks like there would be some good snow/ice climbing to the top if you hit the conditions just right on the east and somewhat south side you see from High Pass. We could not have figured out the route at all if we had not been there before, you simply could not see where to go while we were on our way up, but we made it at 5:00PM, our agreed turn around time. We brought up a PVC tube Nick made, put a note pad in there for future climbers to sign, put some rocks on it and away we went off the mountain. My original description of this route is class 3, but I question that evaluation. We did get off our route from our first climb because we could not see more than a 100 feet at times. There is some exposure if you get off route. This is just a warning, be prepared, be careful. There was a lot of snow still up there to climb up as an option to climbing loose rocks. There are many choices to make to do this mountain, up and down. Every climb is an adventure, this was no different. We like blue skies and great views, but it was not to be this time. Still we made it and enjoyed a day together. Flowers were abundant too. We had the whole trail and mountain to ourselves. Not a bad deal at all. I post a couple of cloudy pictures later if they turned out.


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