Climbing Conditions - Boston Basin Area

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Conditions for climbs in the Boston Basin area, including Forbidden, Sharkfin, and Sahale via the Quien Sabe Glacier can be found below. For conditions on other climbs, return to Planning a Climb.

Condition reports come from climbing and wilderness rangers, the voluntary climbing register, and other climbers. To make a climbing report, please email the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount. Please include the route, snow level, any hazards encountered (or not), peak(s) attempted, and whether your party successfully summitted.

All of the climbing routes in the park complex are located in wilderness, but some are wilder than others, and there may be limited or outdated information. Use these reports as a baseline, but plan for changing conditions and a true adventure. On many routes, the discovery, physical stress, and route-finding challenges are half the fun.

Sharkfin Tower 8-2-17

August 02, 2017 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Info from our recent patrol to Sharkfin Tower.

 

West Ridge Couloir

July 21, 2017 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Recent beta for the West Ridge couloir

 

North Ridge Forbidden Peak

July 09, 2017 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Photos and beta about our recent patrol on the North Ridge and descent of the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak.

 

Camping and Climbing Conditions 7-1-17

July 01, 2017 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Photos and conditions beta from our recent patrol to Boston Basin.

 

Fall Conditions and Wilderness Information Center Hours

September 28, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Some updates and information as the season comes to an end.

 

Boston Peak: 7/31

August 11, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Photos and conditions report from our patrol of Boston Peak

 

Forbidden Peak (North Ridge) 8/5-6

August 07, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Conditions and photos from our patrol on Forbidden Peak's North Ridge.

 

East Ridge- Forbidden 7/27/2016

July 29, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Conditions and info regarding our recent patrol of the East Ridge of Forbidden Peak.

 

Quien Sabe/Sharkfin Col Conditions- 7/18

July 22, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Photos and conditions report.

 

Conditions in Boston Basin- 7/16/2016

July 16, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

An update on snowline, bivy sites, and route conditions in Boston Basin.

 

Boston Basin Conditions: 7/3

July 08, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Conditions report from our most recent trip to Boston Basin.

 

Photos and conditions: June 26, 2016

June 28, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Boston Basin Photos and conditions, including Forbidden, Sahale, and the Quien Sabe.

 

West Ridge Forbidden Peak: June 4-5

June 07, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

A conditions report from our recent patrol in Boston Basin.

 

Boston Basin/Cascade Pass Photos- Late May 2016

May 27, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

A few photos and descriptions of conditions in the Boston Basin area from our last patrol.

 

Boston Basin Route Conditions 08.02.2015

August 04, 2015 Posted by: Climbing Ranger

SE Ridge Sharkfin Tower Sahale via Quien Sabe North Ridge Forbidden West Ridge Forbidden Taboo Glacier/Mt. Torment Routes and Photos from 08.02.15

 

Boston Basin / East/West Ridge Forbidden/ Quien Sabe Glacier - July 4th. 2015

July 06, 2015 Posted by: Climbing Ranger

Unnamed glacier below Forbidden is unstable and active. Will pose a challenge to climbers throughout the season.

 

Food Canister Requirement in Boston Basin

July 01, 2013 Posted by: Climbing Rangers

Animal resistant food canisters now required in Boston Basin, at all bivi sites in the Basin (not required on the high bivis such as on the Torment-Forbidden Traverse). Black bears have been observed in Boston Basin and around Sahale Glacier Camp (7600') in recent years. Bears have also been observed on glaciers in the past. Proper food storage is required for all visitors in the backcountry, including climbers. Rangers will be checking and enforcing this regulation in Boston Basin and all other areas of the Park. Ask rangers for advice regarding food storage when acquiring a permit for your climb.

 

Last updated: July 3, 2018

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