This course is designed for climbers to learn fundamental mountaineering skills. Learn the basics of what it takes to climb a mountain.
Chair Peak Mountaineering Routes
East Face – Summer
Chair Peak’s summer route ascends the true East Face via 4th and 5th class terrain. The crux of the route comes near the top when you will have to pull through a 5.5 bulge. Shortly after that, you’ll be standing on the summit at the top of the Alpental Valley.
Northeast Buttress – Winter
The Northeast Buttress of Chair Peak is an alpine route that will make you feel like you are in the rugged mountains of the North Cascades. Instead, you’re only an hour away from Seattle, so this becomes a great single-day outing in the mountains. The route starts at the toe of the buttress and ascends a diagonal snow ramp with a small bulge half-way through, and ends at a tree. Continue through moderate mixed terrain or snow to the bottom of the ice crux. Climb through the drip to steep snow above, and continue to the summit.
North Face – Winter
The North Face of Chair affords you the same benefits of the Northeast Buttress, but it’s slightly harder to access and the quality of the route is dependent on conditions. The fun part of the routes is the first pitch where you climb an icy corner. This route is very susceptible to conditions, and from here can be steep snow or icy mixed conditions. Either way, it’s an adventurous route on an Alpental Valley north face.
About Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Pass is Seattle’s hidden gem for Alpinism. Within an hour from Seattle, you can climb traditional rock and ice routes and be back in Seattle for dinner, all year long.
We offer climbing on three different peaks in the pass. All of them are true alpine objectives that will make you wonder how you are so close to the city. After a few hours of hiking you will find yourself climbing on spectacular Washington classics that offer their own unique challenges.
Looking to get your first taste of alpine climbing? Already have some experience but want to explore what Snoqualmie has to offer? Join us and discover what the pros already know. Snoqualmie Pass is a climbers playground just waiting to be explored!
Contact us to develop a custom itinerary for you and your party.
These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
All participants will be responsible for getting themselves to the pre-trip meeting. Kaf does not provide transportation for the outing; however, we recognize that transportation can be challenging. Once registered, Kaf will provide information regarding meeting times, locations, and any required parking permits. If interested in carpooling, we will orchestrate a meeting place between participants.
We recommend that anyone flying into Seattle arrive as early as possible on the day before the trip. We also recommend you do not book a return flight until late (red-eye) on the last day of the trip, or the following morning.
- 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval
Mountaineering: Beginner course is required prior to the climb of Shuksan.
- Snow and Glacier Camping
- Rope Management and Glacier Rigging
- Technical Rock Scrambling
- Navigation, Map, and Compass Usage
- Gear Packing and Equipment Choices
- Self-Arrest and Ice-Axe Technique, Crampon Usage
- Snow and Glacier Camping
- Professional instruction from full-time mountaineering instructors at a maximum of a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio
- Passes and permits
- All group climbing gear
- All group camping and kitchen equipment
- Dinners and breakfasts while in the field
- Personal clothing, climbing, and personal camping gear
- Lunches, snacks, water carrying capacity
- Transportation is not included. Kaf will assist in organizing a carpool. See further details below.
You will receive a full packing list following registration, but please feel free to contact us with any gear or equipment specific questions you have. A brief list of what you will need to provide for yourself:
- Personal climbing gear: Multi-day pack, helmet, harness, mountaineering boots, glacier rig, ice tools, and crampons
- Personal camping gear: Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
- Weather-appropriate clothing
Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
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