winter climbing partners Washington

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Sean Maher · · Santa Barbara, CA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 1,255

I'm looking for someone with a bit of mountaineering experience to indulge an aspiring winter climber on some easier routes. I realize those of you with experience probably aren't interested in mentoring a novice but I'm really keen and available if you need a partner for a weekend! I've been trad climbing for a year and a half, sport climbing for two and a half years and hiking/backpacking for longer but I have minimal winter experience aside from snowboarding.

I'm particularly interested in climbing The Tooth in Snoqualmie pass this winter. I went to climb it with a friend in September but the approach looked so terrible that we went and climbed the northeast buttress of Chair Peak instead! I imagine that in winter the talus guarding the tooth is transformed to easier and more enjoyable snow slopes. This sounds like a nice introduction to winter climbing to me, but I'm up for anything if you have better ideas!

I have a rope, rock rack, crampons and can get hold of an ice axe.

Ashort · · Tacoma, WA · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 35

IMO the tooth is best in spring conditions when the avy danger has died down but the approach is still snow covered. Think april-may. I may be willing to get out there with you, but would like to meet up in person first.

Sean Maher · · Santa Barbara, CA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 1,255

Hi Ashort, after seeing how bad the avy report and weather has been on the weekends, I can see your point about waiting for spring to do the tooth! I'm happy to meet up at some point, I see you're in Tacoma. We could head to Edgeworks for some leading?

Sean Maher · · Santa Barbara, CA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 1,255

I took an avalanche course with AIARE this weekend and have a small amount of ski touring under the belt. Still looking to do some mountaineering this winter and spring, let me know if you're interested!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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