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Ascent of Mount Stuart on 2017-06-17

Climber: Liz Mack

Date:Saturday, June 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Stuart
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9415 ft / 2869 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped at Ingall's Creek Friday night after work. Hit some rain on the way in at Long's Pass. Headed up the Cascadian Couloir around 6:15 on Saturday. First 3,000 feet went pretty quickly. Hit snow around 7,500 ft. Snow was firm and quick with crampons. Gained the ridge below the false summit. Rock was mostly dry, but covered with rime ice. Snow at top of Ulrich's was steeper than we were comfortable with so we picked our way through the boulders. Got cliffed out in a few places but made our way to the summit. Had the summit to ourselves. Amazing views and clear skies. Had to wait on the ridge for a giant group descending the snowfield on rope. Weather started to move in. Got lightly snowed on the way down. Decided to descend the Cascadian variation since it had more snow. Got a little bit too far to skiers right and had to do a few interesting maneuvers to get back on route. Rest of descent was straight forward. Took a quick break, then tore down camp and began the climb back to the car. Snow on north side of Long's Pass was nicely consolidates. Made it back to the cars at 11 pm. Road to trailhead was barricaded at the trailhead to Iron. Climbed with Nick, Sarah, Katie, and Adam.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Rain, then clear, then snow/rain
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Cascadian Couloir
Descent Statistics
    Route:Cascadian Couloir variation



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