Ascent to Mount Stuart-Bench at 5400ft on 2018-05-05

Climber: Karthik Krish

Others in Party:Dhruv Garg
Sanket Patel
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Stuart - Bench at 5400ft
    Elevation:5400 ft / 1645 m
    Remaining Elevation:4015 ft / 1224 m (48% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Four of us attempted Mount Stuart via the Sherpa glacier (at-least that was the goal). We started on Eight mile road which is still gated at Bridge creek campground at ~9:30 AM with fully loaded packs. Reached the Stuart Lake TH by 11:00 and we left the Stuart lake trail towards Stuart creek by 2:15 PM. This is where the trouble started. The snow coverage was thin and with all the tree logs made for very slow progress, postholing at every step. The route finding is not trivial but make sure you keep the mountaineers to the left (and follow the right fork for final steep ascent to the bench). The weather turned as well which did not help. We finally reached camp at 5400 ft a little before 8 PM (yes, it was that slow). Snowshoes may have helped for sure but not sure if it was worth lugging it for the 2 miles along mountaineers creek.

The weather did not give up through the night and we had to bail on our attempt. Given how long it took us to get back to the Stuart Lake trail that turned out be a prudent decision since we had to wade through the thin snow cover on tree logs/rocks/shrubs postholing again on every step. We made it back to our cars by 6 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4316 ft / 1315 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4316 ft / 1314 m
    Round-Trip Distance:21.6 mi / 34.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4316 ft / 1315 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3316 ft / 1010 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:Sherpa Glacier
    Start Trailhead:Bridge Creek Campground  2084 ft / 635 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3316 ft / 1010 m
    Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:Sherpa Glacier
    End Trailhead:Bridge Creek Campground  2084 ft / 635 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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