American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, Washington-Cascade Mountains, Mount Snoqualmie, Northwest Face, First Winter Ascent

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  • Publication Year: 1985

Mount Snoqualmie, Northwest Face, First Winter Ascent. In January, Greg Colum and I decided to attempt the route first climbed by Dan Davis. The northwest face, not visible from the road, is one of the largest and steepest in the Snoqualmie Pass area. From camp at 5200 feet on the west ridge, we descended to the base of the climb, which begins at the left edge of the face. We found a steep snow gully leading to the top of the face. It was enjoyable climbing on frozen snow up to 55°. We were surprised that a climb of this quality, so close to the road, had not been done in winter before.

Daniel W. Cauthorn

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