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By agd
Jun 28, 2012
alaska
What's the approach to Suicide like? Switchbacks? Intense uphill slog? Meandering trail?

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By Nathan Scherneck
From Portland, OR
Jun 28, 2012
He took the whipper while trying to place his #1 Stopper.  So sad.
Not as long or strenuous as Tahquitz. The trail is well defined.

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By generationfourth
From Irvine, CA
Jun 29, 2012
It's not bad at all compared to Tahq'. Park where everyone else is at. Find the well defined trail going down to the river, cross it and hit a road. Hike up the road until it turns to well marked trail. When you get closer to the base of it is a little more steep with switchbacks/rocks but still easy to follow...

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By alleyehave
From San Diego, CA
Jun 30, 2012
Start of Pitch 3
It's intense, I highly recommend you consider o's buddy...

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By Bryan G
From San Jose
Jul 1, 2012
Puffy jackets and Happy Boulders
I do recall intense amounts of bushwhacking and a difficult river crossing. From there we roped up and ascended to the top of the glacier where we established a high camp. We spent a week at the saddle waiting for the weather to allow a summit push, but were forced to retreat when our porters mutinied (several of them were half-buried by avalanches on two different occasions)

But yes, it's easier than the approach to Tahquitz. The Suicide glacier has far fewer crevasses.

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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Jul 1, 2012
Bryan G wrote:
I do recall intense amounts of bushwhacking and a difficult river crossing. From there we roped up and ascended to the top of the glacier where we established a high camp. We spent a week at the saddle waiting for the weather to allow a summit push, but were forced to retreat when our porters mutinied (several of them were half-buried by avalanches on two different occasions) But yes, it's easier than the approach to Tahquitz. The Suicide glacier has far fewer crevasses.


This is so true. Don't underestimate this heinous approach. Many have tried, none have died. Whatever you do, don't just go hike it yourself to "find out."

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By Chris D
From the couch
Jul 4, 2012
Sign near the Third Flatiron
You should probably be able to CRUSH 5.7 before attempting the approach to Suicide.

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By Wilster
Jul 4, 2012
Wandering about the Larks
In 72, my first time on Tahquitz, I had a hell-ova time on both trails by 75 both trails were fairly well defined... Its easy to get lulled into screwing around and having to find your way down in the dark, ymbn's (new-bee's) will find this most unfriendly as you lose the trail and start to glissade to the bottom.

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By Steve Powell
From Alhambra, California
Jul 9, 2012
probably the steepest part is the paved road.
actually, it's a shorter version of the trail to Tahquitz.

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