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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 11:24 am 
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Looking for a fun alpine objective for this weather window - is chair peak do-able right now?
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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 11:30 am 
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NE Buttress? N Face? S Chimneys?
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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 11:33 am 
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Thanks for the reply - I'd need advice on that, reading up on routes now.  Whatever would be the most fun, preferably with some mellow trad or mixed climbing.  Am guessing ice is thin/non-existent at the moment.
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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 12:02 pm 
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wildcat wrote:
Am guessing ice is thin/non-existent at the moment.

Yeah, I'd be surprised to see anyone point you to NE Buttress or N Face routes (the 2 popular winter routes) at this time. I wouldn't classify either as "mellow" winter routes when they are in shape. Do your research. N Face is the more sustained technical. NE Buttress is less steep, has a short steep exposed crux.
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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 12:29 pm 
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Great, thanks Steve! smile.gif  just trying to find something fun for Wednesday!

It's entirely possible we'll get there then, change our minds, and head for the Exits or maybe go do the tooth again.  tried for vesper peak ragged edge yesterday... and that didn't work at all, to say the least, would have needed a shovel to find pro!

If anyone has recent or past knowledge to share on chair peak for December/current conditions, much obliged!
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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 1:08 pm 
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Not sure what the conditions are like now but the south side of Guye peak has some easy-moderate gully climbing to the summit. A traverse to the north and you can descend easily to the west side of the ridge.
We used to climb that after work at night. The lights from Alpental and the Summit almost made headlamps unnecessary with all the reflection on the snow. I seem to remember a choice of 2 gullies but I can't tell you much more than that, other than we had fun. I think we mostly solo'd them with a piolet and 1 tool (and crampons of course).  A rope a picket, and a couple screws were carried just in case

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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 1:15 pm 
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Awesome thanks!  I was considering Guye peak as well!  We're hoping to do some snoqualmie area alpine multi-pitch if we can find anything in shape (enough!).
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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 1:23 pm 
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I just read a brief account of Chair N Face route yesterday, reports of thin ice and sketch. No surprise
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PostMon Dec 03, 2018 1:24 pm 
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OoOOooH!  Where can I find the trip report?  Didn't find anything recent.  Thin ice/sketch sounds like it might be over our heads in that case, but I'd be interested to know.  Thanks smile.gif
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