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Ascent of Sharkfin Tower on 2009-07-11

Climber: Tyr Olafssen

Others in Party:John Hazelton
Jeff Wilhelm
Rick Applegate
Dennis Roflo
Gabe
Date:Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sharkfin Tower
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8160 ft / 2487 m

Ascent Trip Report

moat crossing at approach have to climb a 5ft wall of snow to get on the chute depending on comfort level you may want to place pro. in the rock at the top of the chute, had to scramble up a dirt/rock slop towards the second snow slop which is at a 50 degree angle advise self belaying here once at wall was a fairly easy climb to the summit, many places to place pro., solid rock all the way up (but I still advice cheaking every hold before next move). Had to do a double rope rappel off the summit on the approach side (rope tried to get caught on the way down spent a good 30 mins trying to get it all the way down)from there we self-belayed down the down to the first snow chute, rappelled. down that. Once at the 5ft wall we were able go down this snow chimmeny that had formed. Awesome views highly recommend P.S. the approach is badly overgrown, alot of slouching and ducking involved oh and crawling under trees and such, river/creak crossings some of them are rough. Bring bug spray and sunscreen
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:5.4
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Hot, Breezy, Clear
Had beautiful clear skies, thunder storms in the evening
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:Boston Basin TH  
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 20 Minutes



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