Fuhrer Finger climb

A quick update from lead guide Jonathon Spitzer on the Fuhrer Finger-

 Yesterday we left Paradise with excellent climbing conditions on the lower mountain. We had patchy clouds and a light breeze to help keep us cool on our first day of climbing.  We traversed the lower Nisqually glacier and ascended up the Wilson glacier to around 8,400ft. 
We spent the night here and woke up to heavy rain and moderate winds.  Our goal is to move up to around 9600ft today on the Wilson glacier.

Thanks and we hope the forecast this weekend stays true!


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