NE Buttress of Chair Peak
AI2-3 Mod. Snow
||Ice, Snow, Alpine, 4 pitches, 600', Grade III
|Consensus: ||AI2-3 [details]|
|Season: ||Late-Dec to Mid-Feb|
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|Submitted By: ||Dave Schultz on Feb 4, 2013|
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View of the entire route, minus the last little bi...
just climbers left of the N Face of Chair is the NEB. There are two variations to start, a left and right. Left goes more directly up to trees; right goes up and right and then turns back left to a belay in the trees. The second pitch is a snow climb to the ice step. Third pitch is an ice step. Four pitch is more snow to the summit.
Follow the winter trail out of the upper lot of Alpental to the bottom of the drainage, head up and right and then trend left heading for the Chair Peak Summit. Cache your approach gear in the bowl at about 5200 feet and boot up the east ridge of Chair and then follow the ridge to the start of the route.
mixed bag; I used a single cam, piton, and screw for the technical pitch; pickets for the snow.
looking down from the first belay on the right var...
Looking down from a belay just below the ice step
By Aaron Wait
Aug 12, 2013
I had some fun on this in the summer, easy 5th/4th!