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Mt. Helen

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Mt. Helen 


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Elevation: 13,620'
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 28, 2006
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Main W Face of Mt Helen

Description 

This peak has routes ranging from easy mountaineering to big wall and difficult ice. It lies to the north of Mt. Sacagawea.
Three towers rise to the west of the main summit Tower 1 being the most impressive. This is the tower that rises out of Titcomb Basin, for 1,500'. It's sheer, triangular, West Face has routes up to grade V and a difficult ice gully on the north side, between towers 1 and 2.


Getting There 

The approach is obvious from the basin.


Climbing Season


2 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Helen:
Tower 1 Gully   WI3+     Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   
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The crux pitch of Tower 1 Gully

Tower 1 Gully WI3+  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Mt. Helen
The Tower 1 Gully on Mt. Helen is a beautiful ten-pitch moderate ice route up an ever-narrowing couloir. The top 300 feet provide the crux; the climb steepens up to 60 degrees until the climb tops out in a notch. Climbers will find more snow in the early season (i.e. June/July) and ice later in the season (Aug/early Sept). A final pitch of rock (about 5.5) will take climbers to the top of Tower One. The view from the top-out is breathtaking. The first five pitches of the climb are...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

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Mt. Helen from the north.  From right to left is Tower 1, the Tower 1 Gully, Tower 2, Tower 3, and the summit.
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Helen from the north. From right to left is T...
NW Couloir of Mt.Helen in August 2012
NW Couloir of Mt.Helen in August 2012
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