Führer Finger, Mt. Rainier

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You gotta go up before you go down // [o] @bjarnesalen


Elevation 14411” 4392m

Aspect: South

Vertical: 4711’ from Columbia Crest to base of Führer Finger, 9000’ to Paradise

Coordinates: 46°51’10”N 121°45’37”W

First descent: Davis, Janisch, Haley 1980

“The Führer Finger is the shortest and fastest of the safer summit routes. Yet beware of avalanche and rockfall hazard in the forty-five-degree main chute in warm spring conditions. A continuous ski descent of 10,400 vertical feet is possible from the summit to Nisqually bridge.” (FCSDofNA)

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the seas are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
— John Lubbock
North of Pemberton, BC lies a big, daunting and dangerous peak called Joffre. In a project filled with many intimidating lines, Joffre presents the first fear inducing challenge of the season. Low snow and sketchy steeps are met with a nearly tragic ending that teaches us all that bad things can happen in the mountains.