The climb has a little of everything: several miles on a good trail to a notch, a short glacier descent, and about 6 pitches of 4th class up to about 5.6 rock. There are other popular scrambling routes (3rd and 4th class), on Vesper, and all routes are usually done car-to car in one day. Start early on this climb, and plan it early in the season (before mid Aug) so you can easily cross the glacier leading to the rock.
|Driving Distance from Portland||250 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||5 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Relevant Books||Selected Climbs in the Cascades Vol. 2 by Nelson and Potterfield Cascade Alpine Guide: Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass by Fred Beckey|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7.5 minute series Bedal and Silverton, Greentrails Silverton, #110, and Sloan Peak, #111 <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Vesper+Peak&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.732051,93.164063&ie=UTF8&ll=48.012894,-121.517072&spn=0.016852,0.04549&t=p&z=15&iwloc=addr"" title="Google map">Google map</href="http:>|