Ascent of Mount Stuart on 2015-08-22

Climber: Jason Curtis

Date:Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Stuart
    Elevation:9415 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

C2C in 13.5hrs

car: 4AM
longs pass trail junction: 4:40AM
Lake Ingalls: 6AM

Going East around Lake Ingalls is very doable; Just before a bulge blocks your path, you scramble onto a very convenient ledge system and take that across the rock.

Lake Ingalls North end water stop: 6:20-6:40
Bottom of Gully: 7:40
Top of Gully: 8:30 (no need to climb steep chimney on the right like we did; you could probably just go another 50ft up the gully and walk over)
LJT notch: 9:15

In this section we didn't manage to follow the beta and find the tunnel underfoot. Instead we ascended about 100' up the second gully and found some cairns, following those over to the next gully. At this point we figured we were too low (cursed cairns!) and found a good place to climb some low 5th class back up a ways (past some rap slings :p), through a tunnel, and then traverse right across a wide sloping slab and up to the next gully, where we were back on route before God's Cairn.

WR Notch: 10AM
Summit: 12:00PM-12:30PM

On the way down, we followed Craig Weiland's GPS Track ( down the Cascadian Cutoff, and then found a trail cutting /that/ off and heading more directly towards the stream crossing.
Not sure I would recommend this - it did immediately get us off of the scree and onto decent trail, but there were several splits and dead-ends on cross-trails where it wasn't clear whether we wanted to go right or left. There were also steep sections causing erosion of the forest duff (not that the whole Cascadian isn't an erosion machine...). Fun adventure though, and it did eventually get us onto the main trail close to the stream crossing.

Stream: 3:30PM
Long's Pass: 4:30PM
Cars: 5:30PM
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Route:West Ridge
Descent Statistics
    Route:Cascadian Cutoff
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jason Curtis
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