American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Washington-Cascades, Sharkfin Tower, South Face

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  • Publication Year: 1960

Sharkfin Tower, South Face. Taking advantage of an unusually late year, Ed Cooper and Cecil Bailey climbed this face in early November. Fresh snow was reached at 5000 feet, and the depth increased to about three feet at 7500 feet. The traverse above cliffs to the base of the south face proved somewhat hazardous. The climb was done in three leads up the chimney which cleaves the face. Large chockstones covered with water ice provided interesting problems, and ledges that should have provided good belay points were covered with ice and snow. In midsummer the climb would probably be class 4.

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