American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing
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North America, United States, Washington—Cascades, Cardinal Peak, Chelan Range

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  • Publication Year: 1961

Cardinal Peak, Chelan Range. This 8595-foot summit in the northern Chelan Range, which parallels the western shore of Lake Chelan, was finally climbed by Burr Singleton, Don Avery and W. A. Gilbaugh in late June. Five earlier attempts over a period of three years had failed because of problems from route finding, equipment, time and a blizzard that coated the steep summit rocks with ice that turned the party back just 30 feet from the top. Several pitons were used for protection on the main tower on a traverse and a vertical chimney which led to the exposed foot-wide summit ridge.

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