Tooth South Face Climb

The South Face of the Tooth is the most easily accessed, moderate multi-pitch alpine rock route in Western Washington.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

No climbing experience required Very good physical fitness; you should be able to hike or climb for 5 to 6 hours with a pack varying from 20 to 40 lbs. and ascend 3,000 to 4,000 feet of vertical gain per day for 2 to 3 consecutive days.

  • Category: Rock
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 2:1,4:2

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The South Face of the Tooth is the most easily accessed, moderate multi-pitch alpine rock route in Western Washington. Hike deep into the Alpental valley and climb this rocky peak with amazing views and fun, solid rock. Only an hour from Seattle with a very wild feel. We offer this climb once a month throughout the summer, but please be aware that we can easily arrange this day climb on a private basis. Call us direct at 425 888 6397 to make arrangements.

Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service

Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.

The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.

•            BASE  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            1 Top – mid weight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners - 1 pair
o            Socks - 1 pair
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece Jacket - only one of these is necessary
o            Soft shell type pants
o            Shorts
•            OUTERWEAR
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants - may be omitted w/ soft shell type pants if the forecast is good.
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Spring Gloves - wind block or fleece/wool type
o            Gaiters - low top
•            INSULATION
o            Light weight Down or Synthetic Jacket
o            Internal Frame Pack - 30 Liter (1800 cu in.) minimum
o            Mountaineering/Hiking Boots - leather or synthetic, crampon compatible
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
o            Small Knife
o            Sun glasses
o            Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o            Small Personal 1st Aid Kit - blister repair, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
o            Climbing Harness - mountaineering style (e.g. B.D. Alpine Bod)
o            Locking Biners (3) - (1) large HMS style and (2) regular locker
o            Climbing Helmet
o            1 Daisy Chain or sewn sling
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate
o            Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approach/crevasse navigation
o            Camera - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!
o            Compass - adjustable declination required
o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o            Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o            Collapsible Water Canteen – good for storing snowmelt at camp
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS *Please contact the guiding office if you prefer to bring your own gear in place of any of our group gear.
o            Ropes
o            Technical Group Gear, VHF radio
o            Group 1st Aid Kit

Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.