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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

For the Boston Basin area.

Weather station 16.1 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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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: Jake, following P1 of the SE Ridge, just getting i...

Southeast Face 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Washington : Northwest Region : ... : Sharkfin Tower
The Southeast Face of Sharkfin Tower has solid granite, fun moves, and an unbeatable position.P1: Step onto a detached block, then work up a widening seam, starting with fingers, then ring-locks. Protection is good once the crack gets wide enough for fingers. The seam zig-zags a bit, just left of the arete. Follow it to the two-bolt anchor in a notch on the ridge.P2: From the bolted belay, traverse left past two bolts and then choose your own adventure on the face. Gear is somewhat sparse an...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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