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PostWed Jan 10, 2018 10:00 pm 
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With expectations of very bad skiing conditions state-wide, took the boots, crampons, and ice tools.

The forest from Source Lake was quite likely the best climbing snow I've ever experienced in the winter months. Effortless climbing up any slope angle without crampons and only sinking a few inches.

Then climbed the couloir up to the ridge between The Tooth and Bryant on hard ice with a few inches of generally bonded and good boot-kicking snow. Then climbed a very steep brief snow slope, around a cornice, drop down to the back-side of the mountain, and climb up an easy snowfield to the summit which is easy to go right to the summit of.


Couloir to access the summit ridge:


Climbing on the ridge:

Chair Peak from the summit
Chair Peak from the summit
The Tooth
The Tooth

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PostWed Jan 10, 2018 11:29 pm 
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christensent wrote:
Chair Peak from the summit
Chair Peak from the summit

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PostThu Jan 11, 2018 12:47 am 
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Thanks for this report -- I would never have considered that a reasonable route in winter.

christensent wrote:
climbed the couloir up to the ridge between The Tooth and Bryant

You must mean between Hemlock and Bryant. But The Tooth and Hemlock aren't separated by very big gaps so I know what you mean.

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PostThu Jan 11, 2018 8:25 am 
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Very cool.
And good timong before the storm brought worse conditions.
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Avy danger is HIGH up there now.

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PostThu Jan 11, 2018 10:14 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:


christensent wrote:
climbed the couloir up to the ridge between The Tooth and Bryant

You must mean between Hemlock and Bryant. But The Tooth and Hemlock aren't separated by very big gaps so I know what you mean.

Yes, that would be correct. I actually never noticed Hemlock Peak had a name! Good to know.

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