Red Mountain is the perfect pyramid that is highly visible from the top of Alpental. It is usually a real workout to make it up it's steep slopes. I have passed it by for easier tours up towards the East peak of Snoqualmie, but I needed to tick it off my list for the season. Luckily Greg Louie had recovered from his broken fibula and was ready to go, along with my trusty partner Frank. As we toured up the lower slopes we were concerned about the stability of the snowpack, but as we toured higher the slopes firmed up, and we were actually able to easily skin right to the summit. Much better than past years where we have resorted to boot packing through mush or
barely being able to gain purchase on icy slopes.