Nisqually Ice Fall - 2009


I just got this email from Tristan Breyer who climbed Nisqually Icefall.

Dear Rangers:

We climbed the Nisqually Icefall on Jan. 18th. Camped at Muir on the 17th [January] and pitched our tent along the side of the shelter, which made for an excellent wind block. The weather was down right balmy below 12k and there was almost no wind on route. Found excellent conditions on route. The glacier was quiet and we found firm snow most everywhere and only a few areas of hard glacial ice.

Crevasses were minimal and posed little challenge. Route finding through the seracs was relatively straight forward and done easily by headlamp in the dark. We heard decent sized snow/ice falls come down near Nisqually Ice Cliff. We encountered two trickier serac/crevasse sections that we decided to protect. Both were lower on the mountain. We set one picket and one screw. Two tools would be advised even though we only needed them twice. We descended the Ingraham Direct. We unfortunately don't have any pictures from the route since it was dark while we were on route.

My partner Travis Perkins checked us out at Paradise. Not sure if he modified our slip to show the actual route we climbed. We initially listed the Gibraltar Ledges/Chute as our route but we changed after seeing the Nisqually in such good shape. Our apologies for switching it up.

Kind Regards,

Tristan Breyer