Ascent of Mount Stuart on 2014-06-29

Climber: Carry Porter

Others in Party:Mike Warren
Date:Sunday, June 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Stuart
    Elevation:9415 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail to Longs Pass was mostly snow free. We were on snow most of the way on the other side from the pass to tree line. Below tree line, the trail followed a swollen creek then got lost for a short while in some avalanche debris. We crawled over it and found the trail down to the river. The log over the river has an improvised railing which made the crossing easy. Camp at the base of the meadows was spectacular. On the second day, we left at 4:30 a.m.; low clouds hung over the top of the peak. We hit hard snow near the bivy sites about 1500’ above camp. The exposed rocks up there were also covered in snow/ice from the previous day’s rain. The false summit was in a total white out and the rocks between there and the summit were covered in light dusting of snow. It didn’t look too exposed, so we decided to “go just a bit further” to see what it looked like. We went “just a bit further” many times until we reached the summit. After a ½ hour break in a whiteout, we returned to camp. We used a hand line to descend the steepest portion of the upper snowfield, backed down a bit more, and then plunge stepped our way back to the couloir. The descent to camp on the sandy boot path was easy.

Equipment: Ice axes, helmets, and crampons were necessary. We also ran a hand line with a 50m glacier rope down the steepest portion of the upper snow slope, because the run out was poor.

Summary: TH to Camp, 3 hours. Camp to Summit, 6 ½ hours. Summit to camp, 6 ½ hours. Camp to TH, 3 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8685 ft / 2646 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3500 ft / 1066 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7285 ft / 2220 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5185 ft / 1580 m; Extra: 2100 ft / 640m
    Loss on way in:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Start Trailhead:4230 ft / 1289 m
    Time:1 Days 6 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1400 ft / 426 m
    Gain on way out:1400 ft / 426 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Time:9 Hours 40 Minutes

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