The approach was miserable, hiking in deep snow w/o shoes or skis, sinking in up to our waists frequently. Once we made it, the climb was great and we made it back to the trailhead just as it started raining.
Fun was had
There was a backup waiting for the catwalk, so we just went straight up the flakes
Decent little climb
My first multi pitch. Fun route on juggy rock. Kind of a busy area so I suggest coming on a quiet weekday if you can. We only used a four sizes of cams and no nuts on the way up. Bring some alpine draws to avoid the rope drag. Three pitches up. Did four rappels back down to first pitch then two more rappels to bypass the scramble up.
My brother Jason finally took me up this, probably about 13 years after we first attempted it. Better late than never. It was a good time.
Done with my brother. Took our time enjoying the sun and views on the south face route, done as 3 pitches. Beautiful day and awesome summit
Going through some of the old climbs I did with the Mountaineers in my youth... this was a really big deal for me, first real rock climb using pitons, rappelled of the summit with a break bar and oval biner. I have some old slide somewhere.
South face. Returned to give solo ascent after Jake & I turned around on it a year ago.
Left the parking lot @ 14.57. At the trail junction ~40 minutes later. Thought that snow would be a notable hindrance, but it went fast! After route-finding error (ended up going up most of tower to L of the Tooth; mid-5th, with a 5.7 move up top- not fun), left Pineapple Pass at 17.17. Climbed in hiking boots. Summit as it started sprinkling @ 17.35. Left the summit 2 minutes later.
Rapp'ed the 1st rap' (last pitch), then down-climbed the rest of the route. As reached car (20.24), clouds obscured everything & there was a light drizzle. Great climbing conclusion to my PNW trip! Great & fun little climb, & close to Seattle!
Solid dry rock on and firm snow below route. First time on more than one pitch. I worked through my bad nerves and enjoyed the company of several others.
Just enough snow to use the winter approach. Snow was soft, but no post holing. No one else was on the route mid-week. The route was nice and dry.
This was a week after the first fall snow storm. That made the approach interesting. The ledges had a fair amount of snow but the walls were clear. The crux for the day was on the first pitch where a normally unnoticed off-width crack was full of melting snow. I discovered it's very hard to climb with no feeling in your fingers.
Had the top to ourselves on a sunny summer Sunday.
Finally got around to climbing the classic S. Face. Great to have it to ourselves on a Monday morning! Good times
I lost a Garmin Cx60 (I think) GPS this past Saturday on a hike starting at the Snow Lake trailhead and then pushing east just above Source Lake and ending at the base of the SW face of The Tooth. I realized it was missing at the top of the slot gully just to the right of Pineapple Pass. If you found it, please return it. I am willing to give a cash reward. My email is email@example.com and phone number is 334-294-9245. Thank you!
Also, the route (actually, every route on the whole rock), was extremely crowded. There was a group of 3 in front of us that we had to wait over an hour to get past the first belay at a tree. We ended up bailing after sitting on the side of the rock in the scorching sun for two or three hours waiting on all the groups. It basically sucked, and the climbing wasn't good enough to justify all the hassle. Either one needs to be first on the rock or come late in the day when the traffic has thinned out.
Nice introduction to alpine trad climbing, standard South Face route.
Went up as part of the WAC basic climbing course. Great climb, great views, great day.
This felt more like a mixed climb...there was snow covering all the ledges and at one point having a picket would have been nice to mitigate the huge runouts. I didn't really need much pro though...the climb was pretty straightforward. Two pitches of climbing (with 70m rope) led us to the summit. 4 raps took us down (we rapped the snow gully heading down Pineapple Pass which involved jumping off a cornice on rappel!)
There was a huge recent slab avalanche than ran down on Source Lake which was cool to see on the hike in. The slide was 10 feet thick at the base! Gorgeous weather and firm snow in the morning. Approach took less than 2 hours
Climbed the south face of the The Tooth today w/ Ryan. some snow on route but still mostly dry.
Many many years ago! Great fun!