The route is moderate and with the exception of one ten foot step, the bulk of it is between fifty and sixty-five degrees. That one step is perhaps eighty degrees, but it is very short and sometimes isn't even iced up. The first time I climbed the peak, that last section was 5.6 rock.
The approach to this climb is relatively straight forward. You simply park at the Alpental Ski Area and then make your way up the Alpental Valley to the end, where Chair Peak oversees the bowl beneath it.
The first pitch of the route climbs up a cool corner and gully on thin alpine ground.
The second pitch works it way up steep snow and ice to a tree belay.
The third pitch makes its way up more thin terrain to another belay, before the last pitch goes over the aforementioned step up to the summit.
The descent off the mountain is straightforward. A couple of rappels bring you down a gully on the south side of the east face.
On a short winter day, you really can't beat an outing on Chair Peak!
--Jason D. Martin