July 12 Thirteen-day, Day Four: whiteout on Shuksan

After a day of rock movement at Mt. Erie on day one, a strenuous approach to camp on day two, and a full day of skills on day three, we made a whole-hearted summit attempt today in whiteout conditions. We climbed to 8,800 ft. on the summit pyramid before calling it – a proud effort. Now it is raining as we sleep the night away. Will summer ever arrive?

Approaching Sulphide camp
Sunset from Mount Shuksan, day one
Proud mountaineer
Sulphide high camp
Red algae pond
Our sole view on summit day
Photos: Devin Bishop 


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