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North Face 

North Face 

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Type:  Ice, 3 pitches, 500', Grade II
Original: AI2 [details]
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Season: Best in Fall
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Submitted By: J. Manning on Mar 24, 2016

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Observation Rock from Spray Park, Mt. Rainier in b...

Description 

This route ascends the steep snow and alpine ice face below and climber's right (looking south) of the summit pyramid. If pitching the climbing out with a 60m rope, it could be 3-4 pitches. On our ascent, we climbed in two simul leads with one belay approximately halfway up the face. For the most part, the climbing is about 50 degrees with a possible steeper section near the top. The route is best climbed in late summer and fall, when snow has melted off the route and solid alpine ice is exposed. After topping out the ice face, there is a broad flat area which makes a great place to chill. The summit pyramid is up and climbers left. Scramble 2nd/3rd class to the top.

Location 

If approaching from the Spray Park trail, locate a cairned climber's trail heading South towards Observation Rock. Gentler snow slopes before the North Face steepens makes a good location to rack up. Descend from the summit by walking off SW then E.

Protection 

Crampons, ice axe/tools, ice screws to comfort, single rope


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