Ascent of Mount Stuart on 2016-08-01
|Others in Party:||Jaime McCandless|
|Date:||Monday, August 1, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9415 ft / 2869 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe did Stuart's North Ridge via Ingalls Pass -> Lake Ingalls -> Goat Pass -> N Ridge -> Summit -> Cascadian Couloir -> Longs Pass.
Time-relevant beta first:
The trailhead is open! You no longer have to hike the extra mile from the road closure.
- The Cascadian Couloir has a section of ~20m of unavoidable steep snow near the top. If you're not prepared for steep snow you'll have to turn around. All other trails we used were snow-free except the section between Goat Pass and the foot of Stuart's North Ridge.
- Bugs in the morning at Ingalls Lake were awful - I got 3 bites in 10 minutes while filling up water and wearing DEET.
What it was _really_ like:
- AWESOME - Beautiful granite climbing in copious amounts.
- and awful
This was the longest, most committing route we've been on so far. Though the macro beta (follow the ridge!) was simple, we had much angst about the micro (is this loose, lichen-encrusted crack on-route? hint: if you find yourself asking this, the answer is, nope. there's probably a less lichen-y and less chossy crack somewhere nearby.). So suffice it to say that the route was challenging mentally and physically!
|Summary Total Data|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 5.9|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Rope, Ski Poles, Bivouac|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Route:||Complete N Ridge Via Ingalls Lake/Goat Pass|
| Route:||Cascadian + Longs Pass|
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