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Ascent of Steamboat Prow on 2019-07-13

Climber: Bent Wiencke

Date:Saturday, July 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Steamboat Prow
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9720 ft / 2962 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a Mount Ruth and Steamboat Prow combo trip. I highly recommend summiting both peaks starting with Mount Ruth first and followed by Steamboat Prow. This allows for a very long glissade down the Inter Glacier. We crossed the river a little too far up the trail beyond the Glacier Basin campground, which resulted in unnecessary side-hilling. Consequently, if you follow my GPS tracks you are too far North! If I would be doing this again, I would leave the main trail right after the campground wherever there is a good river crossing opportunity. We had no problems crossing it. After crossing the river, I would aim straight for the low point in the ridgeline which leads to Mount Ruth. Once we gained the ridgeline, we were surprised to find a well-established climbers path. Simply following it was the path of least resistance. Right below the summit block we decided not to go straight up the snow field, but went to climbers right staying mainly on rock. Here again we found a well-established climbers path.

After leaving the Mount Ruth summit and heading over to Steamboat Prow we were surprised to find ourselves on a well-established climbers path again. It was very easy to follow. There is only one very short section, which requires some technical climbing. It could be rated as easy class 4. From there it is very easy to continue to the summit of Steamboat Prow. Views from the top are simply stunning and allow for a peek at Camp Schurman. After soaking in the views, we back tracked to the point where it intersects with the climbers path to Camp Schurman. From here it was glissading galore, almost all the way to the point where the Glacier Basin trail ends.

This was an 8 to 5 job. We started at the TH at 8:15 AM and returned at 4:35 PM. My GPS clocked 12.5 miles, 5,450 feet elevation change and total time of 8h 20m.

Some may be deterred by adding Steamboat Prow to a Mount Ruth climb, which adds another 1,000 feet in elevation gain and a few miles. But, when timed right, the glissade down the Inter Glacier certainly makes up for it.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Ruth (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Ruth2019-07-13 
2Steamboat Prow2019-07-13 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bent Wiencke
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