Mt. Washington (SE Ridge)

Mt. Washington's Southeast Ridge - 1990

In July, 1990, Erich and I were enroute to climb Sherpa Peak; we talked to someone who had just done the West Ridge of Mt. Stuart. They said it is a good climb, but they preferred Mt. Washington’s SE Ridge, which they said had 13 pitches of 4th & 5th class climbing. This was good news for me, as it is near “The Cabin” at L. Cushman. Erich and I climbed the SE Ridge  of Mt. Washington the following month. We counted 12 pitches to complete the climb [6 on the Shield Wall]. We swapped leads while climbing. It took us 15 plus hours [round trip] to complete the climb to the summit and descend via the standard route. Reference 1 gives a good description of the South East Ridge route. Of course, when Erich and I did the climb, we only had the description that was given in the Third Edition of Reference 1, which wasn’t nearly as descriptive.

1. Olympic Mountains A Climbing Guide, Fourth Edition


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