Sharkfin Tower

Ratio:2:1
Length:3 days
Price:1 climber $1,350
2 $825 per climber
Dates:Custom dates are available after July 4th
Location:Boston Basin

Sharkfin Tower is an incredible rocky peak amongst some large glaciers. The climb has solid rock that is very exposed and the views to the north are staggering. The climb starts with a fairly rigorous climber’s trail on day 1 to gain Boston Basin. Starting at about 3200′, this “trail” goes up some very steep wooded terrain, over logs and crosses some rushing creeks and finally opens up into some spectacular alpine terrain at about 5200′. There are few campsites to choose from, but our personal favorite is up at 6200′ below Forbidden Peak.

On day 2, we’ll rise early, scramble the moraine, and attain the Quien Sabe Glacier. This will be some fairly straightforward glacier travel to get to the base of the tower. After some scrambling, a bit more steep snow climbing, and a few pitches of spectacular 5th class rock climbing we’ll be standing on the top of the summit. For fit climbers, it is possible to climb both Sharkfin Tower and Sahale Peak on the same day.

On day 3, we can climb another objective, go over skills, or just hike out.

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Sharkfin Tower

Boston Basin

This small alpine tower is an adventurous rock climb with a mellow glacier guarding it. The camping is incredible, situated in one of the most beautiful alpine cirques in the North Cascades National Park. Usually climbed via the SE Ridge at 5.0, there are other rock routes up to 5.10 in difficulty.

Elevation: 8,165'
Style:5th class alpine rock and glacier travel
Skill Level:Difficult
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george

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT
malcom

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR
Lucyan

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Lucyan
Portland, OR

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  • Climbers should have significant previous alpine rock climbing experience before joining this trip

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