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Ascent of Ruth Mountain on 2019-05-27

Climber: Brad Perfect

Date:Monday, May 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ruth Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7115 ft / 2168 m

Ascent Trip Report

Skied Ruth. Attempted the Ruth-Icy traverse, but after reaching the Ruth-Icy col, we were concerned about the rapidly-softening snow. There is apparently a summer trail to the col, but it was partially snow covered with thin slow above a very bad runout. The route went, but we did not feel comfortable letting the snowy sections bake in the sun any longer. On the ski down, we were hoping to drop down into the Ruth creek drainage to bypass Hannegan pass, but the snow was discontinuous through unknown terrain, so we retreated back to the standard route before committing to skiing down the valley.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5115 ft / 1559 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1100 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Headlamp, Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5115 ft / 1559 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4015 ft / 1224 m; Extra: 1100 ft / 335m
    Loss on way in:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Start Trailhead:3100 ft / 944 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km



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