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Mount Siyeh
Mount Siyeh (10,014 feet) is one of the six peaks over ten thousand feet in Glacier National Park.  It is an extremely famous mountain, mainly because of it's incredible North Face, which is a 4,200 foot vertical wall.  This ominous wall is one of the largest vertical walls in North America.

There are several climbing routes on the south side of the mountain that does not involve the north face.The easiest being the "Preston Park Route", which requires no technical climbing skills at all and is by far the most popular route to the summit. We've taken all the routes to Mount Siyeh through the years....except of course the North Face Route, which you'll hear more about further down this page....

A view of the Mountain...
            Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
Here is a glimpse of the infamous North Face of Mount Siyeh.   It is a 4,200 foot vertical wall, which is one of the largest walls in North America. This photo was taken from Many Glacier road.  We are facing south.  Ths is only a portion of the wall...  the lower section of the wall is not visible from this angle.  Cracker Lake lies at the bottom of this gigantic north face.

Views from the Summit:
Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
Here's Shannon enjoying the view from the summit of Mount Siyeh.  The camera is facing northwest.  Note the towering Mount Gould directly behind her.  Even though there was a fair amount of smoke in the air due to a forest fire in Oregon, the view was still spectacular.

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
This is the classic northwest view from the summit of Mount Siyeh.  Both the Lewis Range and Livingston Range are visible, as well as Mount Gould and the Grinnell Glacier area. 

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National ParkCracker Lake lies 4,500 vertical feet directly below the summit. We're standing on the edge of the incredible North Face of Mount Siyeh, which is one of the largest vertical walls in all of North America.  To stand on the top of this wall is like being in a helicopter, without the helicoptor!

A climb using a direct line up the North Face, ending at the true summit, has only been successfully accomplished once.  The climbers were Montana's Terry Kennedy (a Glacier Park Ranger) and Jim Kanzler, both extremely accomplished climbers.  They spent three solid days and two freezing nights roped to the side of this magnificent wall in September of 1979.  They reached the summit at 6:15 PM on the third day, otherwise they would have had to sleep a third night on this vertical giant.

The only climbers who successfully climbed the North Face of Mount Siyeh are Montana natives Terry Kennedy and Jim Kanzler, both extremely accomplished climbers.  They spent three solid days and two freezing nights roped to the side of this magnificent wall in September of 1979.  They reached the summit at 6:15 PM on the third day, otherwise they would have had to sleep a third night on this vertical giant.  

The Kennedy/Kanzler route was a direct line to the summit, with their final pitch at the true summit of Mount Siyeh. To date, as far as we know, no one has repeated this direct line that ended at the actual summit.

The North Face of Mount Siyeh as been climbed since, HOWEVER, none of these climbs were a direct line that ended at the true summit. Therefore Kanzler and Kennedy are still the only team to climb the entire wall, with the final pitch being located at the actual summit of Mount Siyeh. (Kennedy and Kanzler placed a bell several hundred feet below the summit for future climbers to "ring"...that is if they are on the same direct line to the summit.)  

This is not to take away from the remarkable accomplishments of these other phenomenal climbers (Justin Woods/Ben Smith 2007, Kelly Cordes/Ben Smith 2008). These extremely talented individuals successfully climbed the North Face of Mount Siyeh.  Even though they didn't climb directly to the summit but ended up on the ridges to the west of the summit and scrambled the rest of the way to the top, these are and should be considered legitimate Siyeh North Face climbs. Anyone who dares to climb this wall and are successful, deserve recognition and a huge round of applause.

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
Here is a view of the Mount Gould/Grinnell Glacier Area from the summit of Siyeh.

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
Dave posing near the edge of the North Face.  And just a note, NEVER stand directly on the edge of this wall- a huge gust of wind can come out of nowhere, even on a calm day, and literally blow you off the summit. (Free-falling 4,200 feet would not be good!)

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
Mount Siyeh is a great, iconic mountain with an incredibly famous North Face.  And being one of the tallest mountains in Glacier, the view from summit is fantastic. 

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
This is a view facing southeast from the summit of Mount Siyeh.  You can see far into the eastern prairie, and note the highway winding it's way to the town of St Mary in the upper left hand corner of the photo.  Siyeh Pass is thousands of feet below us, rising out of Preston Park.

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
Even though there was some smoke in the air from a forest fire in Oregon, we could still see the Livingston Range far in the distance which is in the northwest section of the park.

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
This is a view of the southwest.  Notice the Siyeh Bend on the Going-to-the-Sun Road thousands of feet below us.  The mountain to the distant far left is Mount Jackson with Jackson Glacier to it's left.  The glacier directly behind Shannon is Piegan Glacier, which is resting on the east face of Piegan Mountain.  Behind Piegan Mountain is the Logan Pass Area, with peaks such as Reynolds Mountain and Bear Hat Mountain rising to the sky.

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park
Mount Siyeh is a great, iconic mountain that is a joy to climb.

                
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