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Sharkfin Tower Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,160'
Location: 48.50051, -121.04104 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jeff Hebert on Sep 15, 2013
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Sharkfin Tower sits on the ridge line between Forbidden and Boston Peaks and, while relatively modest in size, has some very high quality alpine granite. It hosts two climbs, the SE Ridge at 5.0 and the SE Face at 5.10. They are quite different in character, but both quite fun.

Getting There 

From Boston Basin, follow the approach for the Quien Sabe Glacier on Sahale (skirting climber's sleft of the glacier until gaining it relatively high up), traversing climber's right until directly underneath the tower. A gully leads from the glacier to a higher, sloped terrace. In early season, this gully is filled with snow. In late season, it is loose scree, but manageable. Once on the terrace, head for the notch at the base of the SE ridge.

Climbing Season

Weather station 16.1 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sharkfin Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sharkfin Tower:
Southeast Ridge   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Sport, Alpine, 3 pitches, 200'   
Southeast Face   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top of P2

Southeast Ridge 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c  Washington : Northwest Region : ... : Sharkfin Tower
While this ridge climb is relatively short and without much in the way of technical difficulty, it follows solid rock and is in a breathtaking position with views of Buckner, Boston, Sahale, and Johannesberg during the climb, then a 360-degree summit panorama adding in Forbidden, Eldorado, and a sea of other peaks further away.P1: From the notch, skirt the ridge to climber's right on large blocks, then follow a dihedral up a couple moves to the ridge and a belay.P2: Follow solid rock on the ridg...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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