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Mt. Slesse descent beta

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Lothian Buss · · Albany, NY · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 15

Planning to climb NE Buttress this weekend.

1 or 2 ropes to rap from summit?

Condition of crossover descent?

Water on route?

Crampons or no?

Cheers guys.

Lothian Buss · · Albany, NY · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 15

Bump for some beta...

Darin Berdinka · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2009 · Points: 100

Based on prior years experience (and knowing that the glacier has slid)

1 rope to rap
No crampons or ice axe needed
No water on route
Crossover is a PITA. Lots of steep dirt. Water in all likelihood once you get off the wooded stump (off ridgeline and into basin)
Consider a second car or bike and descend the Slesse Creek Trail.

longlep · · Reno, NV · Joined May 2014 · Points: 20

The cross over is not that bad. I think it took us 3 1/2 hours to go from the summit to the car. The route finding on the first half is a little tricky. Definitely bring pictures of the route with you. The second half is a ton of loose dirt and some steep forest, but the route finding is easier. I think there is a really good description of the descent route on Cascade Climbers.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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