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Ascent of Mount Stuart on 2016-08-13

Climber: Joanne Najdzin

Date:Saturday, August 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Stuart
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9415 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left the Esmeralda Basin trailhead early on Saturday intending to climb Mount Stuart as a day-trip. The scramble up the couloir and summit block was strenuous but enjoyable. I met several other parties of climbers on the summit, including a gentleman who intended to spend the night on the summit to watch the Perseid meteor shower.

On the way down, I opted to scramble down a loose bootpath below the false summit, instead of climbing down the upper snowfield. The bootpath was lined with a wall of loose boulders on one side. I grabbed one of the rocks for support and four boulders pulled out of the wall and fell onto my chest, torso, and legs. I did not fall and was not pinned to the ground. The rocks missed my head and back. I called out for help, and luckily another party of climbers (a Mountaineers group) was nearby and they came back up the bootpath to help me.

The other climbers were very kind. They performed a basic first aid assessment, covered me with their coats and sleeping bags and they cleared the loose rocks from the narrow shelf where I was stranded. One of the climbers had a spot beacon and was able to call 911. A Navy helicopter from Whidbey Island came to get me and the paramedics took me to Harborview. The ER doctors determined that the rocks had fractured my sternum, bruised my lung, and had caused soft tissue injuries to my legs. They kept me in the hospital overnight.

Overall, I feel lucky and am grateful to the Mountaineers climbing party that helped me and carried my backpack off the mountain, the paramedics, and the hospital staff.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Calm and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Cascadian Couloir
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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