June 20, 2008

The Snoqualmie Tooth

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Starting Point: Alpental Valley & Source Lake & Pineapple/Great-Scott Basin & Pineapple Pass (hike & climb)

Summit: The Snoqualmie Tooth  (climb via South Face)

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Steve and Eileen and I took advantage of last Friday’s excellent weather by climbing The Tooth at Snoqualmie Pass. None of us had ever done this close-to-home classic before, but it was high time.

Crossing Moat At Pineapple Pass

We chose the very popular South Face route, as did 15 or 20 other climbers on this sunny day. Fortunately, our timing happened to fit in nicely between a larger party ahead and a smaller party behind, so there was really no delay or pressure.

South Face Of The Tooth

As for the route itself, it was four pitches of delightful alpine rock up to 5.4 with good protection almost everywhere. We all agreed that the crux was the dramatically exposed “Catwalk” at the top of Pitch 4. (My cat, however, would probably vote for Pitch 2.)

Eileen On Pitch 4

Surprisingly, we had the summit all to ourselves.

Steve and Eileen On Summit

Four double-rope rappels from well-equipped stations got us back down.

Eileen On Second Rappel

Stats (car to car): 2600 feet gained, 5.8 hours up, 3.0 hours down.

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