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North America, United States, Washington-Cascades, Mount Slesse, Northeast Buttress, First Winter Ascent

Mount Slesse, Northeast Buttress, First Winter Ascent. During the first eight days of March, Jim Nelson and Kit Lewis made the first winter ascent of the northeast buttress of Mount Slesse. After helicoptering to the base, the pair spent the next seven days on the route. Two days were spent waiting out a storm 250 feet below the summit. It was their fifth attempt of the climb.