Mountain Cathedrals

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Joel Skok on October 13, 2009

This is Whitehorse Mountain (6,866') taken from two thousand feet above the valley floor on the NW side. Whitehorse has the distinction of having the second steepest face over a horizontal mile in Washington, rising 5,200' on the NE side. In fact, from the town of Darrington at 450 feet the summit rocks soar above 6,400' in only three horizontal miles.

FDLEON on February 12, 2010

Joel, como esta la tormenta de nieve en tu ciudad. Tu negocio sigue, o esta detenido por causa de la tormenta?. Un saludo y que Dios te proteja en toda circunstancia. un saludo para ti y tu familia.

Joel Skok on February 16, 2010

Gracias Antonio, es verdaderamente impresionante esta montaña. Un día intentaré con la ayuda de Dios escalarla. Espero que algun día podrás conocer el estado de Washington---es realmente lindo.

Randy T (Randylikest… on April 28, 2013


I did not realize that you were at this location too. I just stumbled onto this photo.

Lots of snow, I would guess May?


Joel Skok on May 6, 2013

Randy this was probably May as you guess, of 1980. A college friend and I made it to Lone Tree Pass only to realize the peak would be out of our reach that day.

Randy T (Randylikest… on May 6, 2013


  • April and May is high avalanche season. I saw everything below lone tree pass as a huge very fresh slide. Not just a typical slide but a very dangerous slide, much more so than most areas. On the way up it looked like it happened the previous evening. On the way out it looked like it cut loose another big one.

  • I heard 2 big ones go off during the day. Later, one chunk of ice maybe 3 cubic feet came off 300 feet above me on the way back from the summit. It had a lot of speed but was getting slower and slower as it came closer. I was tired and thought I would just move one way or another if it came close. It was coming directly at me but still slowing. Finally at a slow speed instead of jumping out of the way I stabbed it with my poles and it stopped. Weird!

  • From there on I just paced my way out by slipping into snow shoes and back to postholing. I switched about a dozen time to get back to L.T. Pass.

  • I think this climb could be done in either 1 or 2 days. I day would be a push. It was nice to hear from your other comments that you have Whitehorse on your radar.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 13, 2009
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    by Joel Skok
    • Camera: HP pst3300
    • Taken on 2006/05/04 22:01:20