Ascent of Sahale Peak on 2017-09-03

Climber: Karthik Krish

Date:Sunday, September 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sahale Peak
    Elevation:8680 ft / 2645 m

Ascent Trip Report

4 of us attempted Sahale Peak via the standard Sahale glacier route. We left Seattle at ~5:20 AM and arrived at the Cascade pass TH by 7:50 AM. Starting climbing at ~8:15 AM and made it to Cascade pass by ~10 AM. The grade gets a little steeper after here till the Sahale Arm. The views only get better here. The trail on the arm eventually becomes rocky and steeper as you near the glacier. We made it to the toe of the glacier by 12:30 PM.

We roped up here and started up the glacier by 1 PM. There are some icy sections on the glacier and one crevasse to negotiate around. Make sure you have crampons. We made it to the base of the summit pyramid by 2 PM.

The final scramble itself starts off with loose rock and mostly class 2/3 sections. We shot for the obvious gap below the E face of the summit pyramid (NE finish). From here, the exposure gets spicy and it was class 4 up all the way to the small summit area (you will see a geological marker and a rap sling). The final move is pretty committing and has freaky exposure (note that you can go left or right around a vertical rock face here...I opted for the right). We made it to the top by 3:00 PM.

The rappel is down the south face and will put you on a ledge in the loose class 2/3 rock section so be prepared to scramble down to the start of the glacier (there is faint climbers trail to help you along). We had a 60m rope but a 30 should be good as well (just more down climbing).

We started down the glacier by 4:30 PM and got back to the glacier camp by ~5:10 PM. Unroped/stashed away all glacier gear and started down at 5:30 PM. The hike down was uneventful. We got back to the car by 8:30 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Sahale Glacier
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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