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North America, United States, Washington—Cascade Mountains, Lichtenberg Mountain, Winter Ascent

Lichtenberg Mountain, Winter Ascent. Ken Johnson and I climbed a delightful mixed route on December 16. We skied a couple of miles to Valhalla Lake directly below Lichtenberg Mountain and northeast of Stevens Pass. Leaving our skis behind, we started up the west face of the north buttress with 200 feet of 45° snow climbing. After a 90-foot section of mixed climbing, we ascended an ice step, chopping steps as we had not brought crampons. More snow climbing, part of which was 65°, led to an interesting traverse along the summit ridge crest. We descended the easy west-facing slopes. (Grade II.)

John Petroske