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North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Snow Creek Wall, Country Club Route

Snow Creek Wall, Country Club Route. Thwarted by bad weather, and somewhat put-off by the overabundance of people heading for the north side of Mount Stuart, we sighted instead on nearby Snow Creek Wall for our after-Christmas adventure. On December 30-31, P. Ekman, J. Ossiander, J. Weis, and I made the first winter ascent of the Country Club route. Conditions were such as to make the climb rather different from the usual summer romp, and it took us two days going alpine style to complete the eight roped pitches to the top, two of which were quite severe (ropes were also used below the first pitch due to almost continuous powder snow slides coming off the top of the wall). The pitch leading to the Northern Dihedral makes a 165-foot rope a definite asset. The climb was mostly mixed, and crampons were worn at all times.

Manuel A. Gonzalez, Unaffiliated