(SHORT REPORTS)
1994 - 2005
Climbing with Parents OVERHANGING TOWER, SPIRE POINT, MOUNT BAKER, WHATCOM PEAK, PRUSIK PEAK

Category: Washington and Wyoming

This page features some "short reports" from some alpine climbs I did as a kid with my parents (which wasn’t that long ago!). These reports do not give a wide photo selection like most of my climbing trip reports, but they do provide some route beta and interesting details, and are special to me for nostalgic reasons. 


WYOMING Short Reports:


WASHINGTON Short Reports:

My parents appear in some of my more recent trip reports too! Here are some links to adventures my parents have joined me on: Eldorado, Formidable, Ptarmigan Traverse, San Juans Kayak Trip, Shi Shi Beach, Tank Lakes, Tomyhoi, Walker's Haute Route

OVERHANGING Tower, Cirque of the Towers, Wyoming

Trip Report #: 1

This photo was taken just after my first technical alpine climb, of Overhanging Tower (behind us on the left). From left to right: Matt, my mom Sue, my dad Marty, and me (11 yrs old).
Route: NE Ridge (4th to 5.2)
Date: late July, 1994
Climbed by: Marty, Sue, Steph, Matt Teevan
Summit elevation: 12,164 ft
Brief trip report: Until we moved to British Columbia in 1995, my family was living in the Midwest. Every summer we came out west to enjoy the mountains my parents had backpacked and climbed in during their early married life. In 1994, my parents, my sister and I (9 and 11 years old), and two friends piled into our van and drove out to Wyoming, where we backpacked in the Wind Rivers for two weeks. This trip brought us through the amazing Cirque of the Towers area. My parents—fondly remembering the climbing days of their past—decided it would be fun to climb one of the moderate routes in the Cirque, and invited me to come along. They chose Overhanging Tower, a low class 5 peak in the heart of the Cirque peaks. This was my first alpine climb (my dad even let me lead a 15-ft pitch), and I loved it. I didn’t get the chance to climb again for several years, but this early climb set the stage for a future of mountain adventuring!

Future trip reports for the Cirque of the Towers:

SPIRE Point, North Cascades, Washington

Trip Report #: 3

Climbing up Spire Point from Spire Col.
Route: East Face from Spire Col (class 4, low class 5)
Date: August 2, 2003
Climbed by: Marty, Steph, Jenny
Summit elevation: 8,264 ft
Brief trip report: My family (dad, mom, sister, and I) backpacked the Ptarmigan Traverse from July 29 to Aug 3, 2003 (this is one of my favorite backpacks I have done, click link for a few photos). On Day 5 of the traverse, we traversed Dana Glacier to Spire Col. My dad, sister, and I decided to scramble up Spire Point rising up to the west of the col. This was a fun Class 4/low Class 5 climb. It was the first climb that my dad, sister, and I had done together, and my third technical rock climb ever (my first was Overhanging Tower in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming in the Summer of 1994, when I was 11 years old, and my second was in the Sawtooths in Idaho in 1998, although I can’t seem to find any photos from that climb). The climb up Spire Point was blocky and took a couple of hours to get to the summit.

Mount BAKER, North Cascades, Washington

Trip Report #: 4

Mount Baker from Welcome Pass. The Coleman-Deming route is on the right under the Black Buttes
Route: Coleman-Deming Glacier
Date: June 14-15, 2004
Climbed by: Marty, Sue, Steph, Jenny
Summit elevation: 10,781 ft
Brief trip report: This was a fun family adventure, climbed by my dad, mom, sister, and myself. In the late-spring conditions, the route was straightforward, especially under the sunny skies we were fortunate to have. It was mainly a long snow-slog. The 360° view from the top of the snow-capped North Cascades was well worth the climb.

Future trip reports for Mount Baker:

WHATCOM Peak, North Cascades, Washington

Trip Report #: 10

Whatcom Peak (left) and Mt. Challenger (right, 8,207 ft) from Easy Ridge. Perfect Pass – which forms the saddle between – was where I ascended Whatcom from.
Route: south side
Date: July 24, 2005
Climbed by: Steph
Summit elevation: 7,574 ft
Brief trip report: My mom and I did a backpack trip up Easy Ridge, with tentative plans to climb Mt. Challenger. I had been high on the Challenger Glacier with my dad in July 2002, but we had not had time to climb the final rock pitch to the top. From any direction, the approach into Challenger is quite difficult. The Easy Ridge approach was no exception. The ridge itself was easy, but navigating our way over to Perfect Pass (the saddle between Whatcom Peak and Mt. Challenger from where you can get onto the Challenger Glacier) was not fun. There is a deep gully (called the "Perfect Impass") that is apparently possible to cross with some fixed protection and confident climbing skills, but my mom did not feel comfortable doing this, so we made a 1000+ ft descent to bypass the gully, and then did some horrendous bushwhacking to get up to Perfect Pass. By the time we got to the pass, it was too late to climb Challenger, so we relaxed in the meadows enjoying the view onto the vast Challenger Glacier. While my mom was napping, I decided to run up Whatcom Peak to the north of the pass. It was mainly a snow climb with a bit of rock scrambling at the top. It took 45 minutes to reach the summit from the pass. In July 2007, I successfully climbed Mt. Challenger.

Future trip reports for Whatcom Peak:

PRUSIK Peak, Enchantments, Washington

Trip Report #: 11

South face of Prusik Peak reflected in Gnome Tarn. The frequently climbed west ridge is on the left.
Route: West ridge (5.7, 6-7 pitches)
Date: August 4, 2005
Climbed by: Marty, Sue, Steph, Jenny
Summit elevation: 8,000 ft
Brief trip report:
This was another family adventure. My dad, mom, sister, and I did a 6 day backpack trip through the Enchantments, with one of our goals to climb Prusik Peak. We had only one rack of climbing gear, so I led the route, with my sister following behind me and unclipping from the gear, and my dad leading behind her, clipping his rope back into the gear. I think this is the only technical climb my whole family has done together, and we had quite the adventure: my mom climbed it in her running shoes, my dad got his wedding ring stuck in a crack and broke his finger getting it out, my sister sobbed in (but made it up!) the chimney variation I accidentally chose at the top, and I had the opportunity to prusik on Prusik when we got our rope stuck on the descent. But all in all, the route was fun and moderate, with solid granite and great views. We descended by rappelling down the north face with a single rope.

Future trip reports for Prusik Peak:
  • On this 2005 trip with my parents, we camped at Gnome Tarn with a great view of the steeper south face of Prusik. I vowed to return to climb this face. I had no idea it'd be as soon as the following summer. Click this link for a trip report of a fun climb of the  Burgner-Stanley route on the south face of Prusik in July 2006.
  • The climb of the West Ridge is so good that a few years later, my sister and I returned to climb it again and relive our 2005 family memories. Click here for a trip report for a climb of the West Ridge of Prusik in October 2008.
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