Mt. Shuksan via the Sulfide Glacier

ram

Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2013
Messages
105
After 10 days, a tendon around Jenny's knee was complaining. I will say upfront that NO ONE is tougher than this gal. So I put a hand on the tendon and was shocked and appalled. Swollen bigger than a golf ball! How was she able to even walk on that thing? Oh yeah...she is tough. Sigh, alas she could not make the next installment of "Cascade's 2018." She would recover in days, which is stunning, in of itself.

Giles continued on and friends Stephan Ziff and Mike Schasch came in for Mt. Shuksan. This mountain is famed throughout the world for its bulk, glaciers and stunning beauty. One of the true monarchs, of the region. I had done this peak, 3 times in the past. In 92, 93, and 06. All 3 times via the Fisher Chimneys. I love that route, but the 5,000 foot ascent on snow and then down the same day, to a high camp, was just a bit more beyond what my slowing body, would want. So time to try the Sulfide Glacier! I was disappointed but I need not have worried. The Sulfide route delivers the goods.

I realized early on,that Stephen, Mike and Giles had never met each other. This was a stunning revelation to me. I had adventured extensively with each of them, but never an overlap. I had done 42, 10 and 10 years of adventure with these friends, respectively. It was a joy to observe them become such fast friends. They will adventure together frequently, over the coming years, is my guess.


Giles and Ziff (Stephen) at the park boundary. Baker in the clouds


Mike


Heather at treeline


The approach toward camp


Giles waiting for the old man





Mike and Ziff staking out the high camp, in silhouette


Hagan Peak, across the valley. Staring at it for a few days, we now hope to go there next year


Into camp




Tarp set up...getting to know you!


views from camp. This ice fall made noise all 3 days







The summit pyramid out of the cloud...far away


As predicted, clearing off. Telephoto


Time to lounge about




Selfie




The view from my sleeping bag


Sunrise the next day


Moving toward the peak








Baker, brought close


In real life


The rock of the summit pyramid. I went this class 4 route, while my partners free solo'd the mid fifth class ridge




My view on the way up


Summit. We stayed on top 2 hours


The view over the top into Canada






Canyoneering is a down climbing game and all were versed at it. All the other groups rapped the gully, while we made quick business of it downclimbing






Ziff explains how fast down is




And in just a few hours, back in camp.


Once again, it is early enough to hike out.....but what place is better than this? We decide to stay the night








Home, sweet home


The famous, remote and difficult North Pickets. Been twice. Took a week each time


Last light


Up close and personal


I start early, they catch me quickly


Down into the trees


Thus comes another Cascade season to an end for me. I have been 24 of the last 27 (Two Winds, One Sierra's) July's, up in this wonderful area. I hope to "limp" through as many more years as I can. I get slower, the mountains get taller, my partners faster, but I am "hangin" on.
Ram
 
Last edited:

wsp_scott

Member
.
Joined
May 16, 2016
Messages
861
What a great way to spend a summer, keep "hangin on". And keep posting photos/reports :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: ram

Ben

Member
Joined
Sep 12, 2014
Messages
1,873
i've just got to say thanks again for taking the time to share things like this here. we need it.
 

Ugly

Life really is better Here
.
Joined
Apr 20, 2013
Messages
858
All of these reports have been above excellent.
Thanks Ram.
 

MikeM

Member
.
Joined
Oct 12, 2015
Messages
360
If the Cascades weren't on my bucket list before, they certainly are now! Excellent reports!
 

DrNed

The mountains are calling and I must go
.
Joined
Mar 31, 2013
Messages
1,016
Your down climb photo reminds me of why I stay
away from such things. Nevertheless, great stuff!
 

Vegan.Hiker

Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2014
Messages
2,094
Thanks so much for taking us on your adventures. I’ve been loving all of your reports.
 

Kullaberg63

Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2014
Messages
544
I have only done the Fisher Chimney route, in 1994. I think we went car to car, and got quite worn out. Is Sulfide easier? It sounds like that's what you're saying.
 

ram

Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2013
Messages
105
I have only done the Fisher Chimney route, in 1994. I think we went car to car, and got quite worn out. Is Sulfide easier? It sounds like that's what you're saying.

The Sulfide is quite a bit easier, day trip or overnight. With the Fisher Chimney route, you have the 4 mile hike in, down then up, to about 4,400 feet at Lake Ann. This trail has high footing for an approach, thus can be snowy and hard to follow. From Ann to the top is 4,700 higher, with a few downs along the way. From Lake Ann it is still a very BIG day. One could full pack to the top of the chimneys. There is a nice spot or two up at the bottom of Winnie's slide. That brings the day down to size, but carrying up to that camp with an overnight pack is not inconsequential.

The Sulfide on the other hand is an easy trail at a comfortable gradient, with the best camps right in the middle making for logical and manageable days.

But when it comes to the bottom line, IMHO Fisher's is the better route. Prettier, with more varied and interesting terrain. I chose Sulfide because it was new and we were already on that side of the mountain, but most importantly, it was easier with my growing physical limitations.


Here is the album from my 2006 ascent of the Fisher Chimneys. I will embed a few of the key places discussed in my commentary above

2006 ascent
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ojY3XXdWPH74DWtT8


The peak is very far from Lake Ann camp as seen here


You can see the camps on top of the chimneys behind us in the first and am standing in them in the 2nd. First taken from Winnie's Slide. In the 2nd, the top of the chimneys on the left side of photo




A few highlight photos of the Fisher route before it meets the Sulfide

Leaving the Salmon Glacier and going on the Upper Curtis Glacier


Heading toward Hells Highway. The top is where you join the Sulfide


My desktop for several years:)

 

Ben

Member
Joined
Sep 12, 2014
Messages
1,873
The Sulfide is quite a bit easier, day trip or overnight. With the Fisher Chimney route, you have the 4 mile hike in, down then up, to about 4,400 feet at Lake Ann. This trail has high footing for an approach, thus can be snowy and hard to follow. From Ann to the top is 4,700 higher, with a few downs along the way. From Lake Ann it is still a very BIG day. One could full pack to the top of the chimneys. There is a nice spot or two up at the bottom of Winnie's slide. That brings the day down to size, but carrying up to that camp with an overnight pack is not inconsequential.

The Sulfide on the other hand is an easy trail at a comfortable gradient, with the best camps right in the middle making for logical and manageable days.

But when it comes to the bottom line, IMHO Fisher's is the better route. Prettier, with more varied and interesting terrain. I chose Sulfide because it was new and we were already on that side of the mountain, but most importantly, it was easier with my growing physical limitations.

Here is the album from my 2006 ascent of the Fisher Chimneys. I will embed a few of the key places discussed in my commentary above

2006 ascent
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ojY3XXdWPH74DWtT8


The peak is very far from Lake Ann camp as seen here


You can see the camps on top of the chimneys behind us in the first and am standing in them in the 2nd. First taken from Winnie's Slide. In the 2nd, the top of the chimneys on the left side of photo




A few highlight photos of the Fisher route before it meets the Sulfide

Leaving the Salmon Glacier and going on the Upper Curtis Glacier


Heading toward Hells Highway. The top is where you join the Sulfide


My desktop for several years:)


Dang.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
C Coyote Gulch via Chimney rock trail Trip Planning 0
SirDonB Echo Lake via the Overlook Mt Trail Hiking & Camping 0
norwegianxplorer Mt Whitney Virtual Hike via Horseshoe Meadows & Mt Langley, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Backpacking 1
Mike K Kings Peak Via Garfield Basin Backpacking 18
scatman Mount Raymond via Bowman Fork - June 27, 2020 Hiking & Camping 6
RyanP Coyote Gulch to Halls Creek via Stevens Canyon Trip Planning 28
F Coyote Gulch via Dry Fork? Trip Planning 2
S Backcountry camping tips for Wind Rivers - upper Green River valley via canoe Trip Planning 5
bdunn02 Stough Creek Basin via Twin Lakes Backpacking 7
P Teton Crest Trail via Coal Creek/Moose Meadow trails Trip Planning 2
tropicalwanderer YNP : 8/31-9/7 : Heart Lake to Nine Mile via CDT, South Boundary and Thorofare Trip Planning 9
ADubs Looking for info from anyone who has done the Egypt loop and exited via 25mile wash (Escalante). Trip Planning 3
J Brooks Lake area to Younts Peak via the Continental Divide Trip Planning 24
Artemus Via Ferrata - Piz da Cir V, in the Dolomites of Northern Italy Hiking & Camping 12
NorthwestWanderer Tomyhoi via Yellow Aster Butte, WA Backpacking 5
Titans Wasson Peak via Hugh Norris trail - Tucson Mountains - SAGUARO NP (WEST) Hiking & Camping 0
SKLund Cat Mesa via Alternate Pfeiffer Route Hiking & Camping 2
NorthwestWanderer Delancy Ridge via Driveway Butte, Okanogan NF, WA (5/20) Hiking & Camping 3
Dustin Gent Red Breaks via Spencer Creek Road General Discussion 1
cmgz Kanab Creek via Kwagunt Hollow and Jumpup Backpacking 4
AbinadiWitness Part 1: Telluride Via Ferrata and Mount Sneffels SW Ridge from Blue Lakes- Colorado Trip # 1 - 2017 Backpacking 0
SteveR Happy Canyon via Black Jump? Trip Planning 29
WasatchWill Delano Peak via Bullion Canyon Backpacking 6
Stephanie Quick trip to Coyote Gulch via Red Well Trip Planning 4
M VIDEO - Mt. Evans (14,264') Summit via Guanella Pass Hiking & Camping 3
Dave Lamotte Peak via unnamed lake Trip Planning 0
WasatchWill Provo Peak (via Slate & Slide Canyon) Backpacking 12
D Blue Springs trailhead, little colorado river, via FS6140 Trip Planning 0
JohnP Twin Peaks via Broads Fork Hiking & Camping 15
Kullaberg63 circling horseshoe/millard via bike and packraft Everything Else 9
Cody Cross Canyon and Y Canyon via The Grabens Backpacking 11
Ugly Parunuweap Via Poverty Road 2013 Backpacking 5
Udink Saucer Basin and Bull Hollow via Mountain Bike Everything Else 7
BrendanLB Coyote gulch via 40 mile ridge road Trip Planning 17
Mike K Box Elder Peak (via "Sleigh Runner") Hiking & Camping 1
Yellowstone 1 Shoshone Lake via Lewis River Trip Planning 3
Nick Ogden Via Ferrata? General Discussion 5
Cody Halls Creek Loop via Lower Muley and Red Slide Backpacking 16
Ericephoto Coyote Gulch via Jacob Hamblin Arch trail and Crack in the Wall Backpacking 11
Desertrat Link Flat via ATV Off Road 1
Yellowstone 1 Alum Creek via Mary Mountain Trail, Yellowstone Trip Planning 0
kerkphil Provo to Denver via Amtrak (2011) Everything Else 1
slc_dan Hamburger Rocks via The Post -Capitol Reef- Backpacking 14
Nick The Maze via Jet Boat Trip Planning 25
Nick Mount Logan via Dry Canyon Backpacking 5
HomerJ Wellsvilles via Stewart Pass Hiking & Camping 2
FourisTheNewOne Buckskin Gulch via Wire Pass/White House - 2007 Backpacking 3
HomerJ Cherry Peak via High Creek - July 2010 Hiking & Camping 5

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top