All Locations > Washington > Northwest Region > North Cascades > Washington Pass > South Early Winters Spire
Avg: 1.7 from 7 votes
|Type:||Alpine, 600 ft|
|FA:||K. Adam, R. Bedayn, W. K. Davis - July 1937|
|Page Views:||735 total · 13/month|
|Shared By:||Jeff Hebert on Apr 21, 2013|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Nate Ball|
DescriptionA broad, gentle snow gully that narrows as it goes and can feel like a bigger route despite being easily accessible and not committing.
Begin in the obvious couloir 100' below the South Arete. Ideally the large boulder near the base will be covered with snow. Make your way up the wide section at 25-30 degrees. Continue up the couloir to the fork and take the right side where things steepen (40-50 degrees) and narrow. Continue up past a constriction and follow the hallway of rock walls to the small saddle about 50' below the summit. A low 5th class move will get you to the summit.
Descend by down-climbing or rappelling the couloir.
The route is best when filled with snow, so look to get on it within a month of the North Cascades Highway opening.