Over the weekend I climbed the White Salmon Glacier route on the north side of one of the Cascades’ jewels– Mt. Shuksan. Although the route was guarded by a four hour approach (three of which were head high slide alder and brush), it was well worth it. The climb features about fifteen hundred feet of steep snow and glacier climbing on the White Salmon, then crossing the Upper Curtis Glacier, all of it topped off by about 600′ of rock climbing up to 5.6 on the summit pyramid. We descended the Fischer Chimneys down to Lake Anne, then a short downhill road bike ride brought us back to the car. A fantastic alpine climb with a great friend!