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bacrossmanSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006


Great views from the summit.
Posted Jul 20, 2006 12:36 am

rialtosolRoute Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2004


First trip to the rainy pass area. It was a hot beautifull morning as we made our way past Lewis lake towards Black peak. Got to Wing lake a little past 1:00pm. The skys began to darken so I dropped my pack and headed towards the south ridge. Alot of loose choss made gaining the ridge to most difficult part of the scramble. After gaining the ridge it was pretty straight forward. The last 40ft to the summit had a little class 4, mosttly class 2 and 3 up to that point.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 3:37 am

setrentRoute Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: 04 October, 2004  Sucess!
A great moderate route. Some loose rock lower down, but awesome position high. Highly recommended.
Posted Dec 22, 2005 9:30 pm

renRoute Climbed: south ridge Date Climbed: 7/17/04  Sucess!


Lewis and Wing lakes are beautiful and the views from the summit are incredible.
Posted Nov 6, 2005 10:05 am

Rick HuffRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 3, 2005  Sucess!

Rick Huff

Didn't climb in Fred Beckey time, but had a great day with my friend Rod Xuereb. A lot of loose rock, but fun route with awesome views.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 1:01 pm

ilukaRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: September 25, 2004  Sucess!


The talus field on the way to Wing Lake was a bit of a slog but the views from the summit made it well worth it. The ridge from the saddle to the summit presents litte in the way of route finding difficulty except for one Class 3-4 move right near the top. There is a lot of loose stuff on the ridge, however, so having a helmet along and staying tight together is a good idea.
Posted May 15, 2005 1:03 am

wildstarRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!


Enjoyable climb in a beautiful part of the cascades.
Posted Nov 7, 2004 10:00 pm

Martin CashRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: Multiple  Sucess!

Martin Cash

8/23/03 - In 2 days with Kevin Klim. Belayed the center section. Trip Report Here.

8/21/04 - Simulclimed this nice ridge in 9.75 hours car to car with 3 others. This was a simulclimbing skills seminar that I helped teach. Had a great time. We were really lucky with the weather. It started sprinkling at the base of the ridge, then cleared off for an hour. When we reached the summit, it downpoured on us. Rained most of the way back. I was really happy we got the climb in. One of my favorite easy routes ever.
Posted Aug 23, 2004 10:40 am

skookRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!


Awesome campsite at the lake. Made it harder to leave. The climbe is a fun scramble on a big mountain.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 9:55 pm

MoniRoute Climbed: northeast ridge Date Climbed: OCt 15 1978  Sucess!


With Fred. Watched the face of Corteo collapse and send house sized boulders into the lake!
Posted Nov 15, 2003 8:26 am

jverschuylRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: August 24, 2000  Sucess!


Beautiful mountain! Great views looking west towards the Ptarmigan traverse and Glacier peak. Wing lake was still ~2/3 frozen over. The rock in the gully is loose and crumbly, near the summit the quality improves.
Posted Oct 24, 2003 10:10 am

NormanRoute Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: 10-5-03  Sucess!


Challenging, committing, awesome.
Posted Oct 10, 2003 1:28 am

sprossedaRoute Climbed: South Route Date Climbed: July 15, 1998  Sucess!


Spectacular views from this crumbly mountain! Summit ridge is sharp and thin. Climbed a couple of pitches to the summit instead of the standard finish. One of my favorite mountains for views, ruggedness, colors, lakes, height, and day-hikeability.
Posted Sep 10, 2003 11:02 am

zoroastrRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 6, 2003  Sucess!


Erick Johnson and I did the NE Ridge as a one-day climb since the weather was s'posed to get crappy on Sunday. Very pretty ridge!

We left Seattle at 8:00 a.m. to allow Erick to sleep in a bit after a hard night's drinking. The last hour of the hike-out was on headlamp. Actual ridge took three hours, but we tried to stretch it out as long as possible owing to the sheer gorgeousness of the route.

other recent trips:

Posted Sep 7, 2003 11:41 am

leejamsRoute Climbed: South ridge Date Climbed: October 12-2002  Sucess!


Crystal clear skies and cool temp's. Fresh snow in the shade. Just a bit over 11 hours car to car. Saw no one untill coming back down and quite a few parties setting into camp for the night, only 1-2 parties heading to the summit for a 2 day.
Posted Oct 15, 2002 9:30 pm

RStokesRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: September 9, 2002  Sucess!


12 hours car to car on a beautiful day in the North Cascades. We gained the Northeast Ridge before deciding conditions weren't favorable with some new snow and ice on the ridge. After downclimbing, we made our way by Wing Lake to the South Col to climb the South Ridge. Made it from the lake to the summit in just over an hour. Class 3 gullies and a couple of class 4 moves to reach the summit. Never saw anyone on the mountain or trail all day long. Wonderful scramblers peak.
Posted Sep 13, 2002 5:48 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: September 9, 2002  Sucess!


Woke up at 330am, left the TH at 5am (got 15 minutes up the trail and I forgot my sunglasses)

weather was iffy, and we did not see the top of black until later that day

Once at wing lake we headed for the NE ridge and walked the glacier and then 4th class rock to the ridge

The 1st part of the route was covered in snow and ice, and then the last mid 5th class pitches said they were on the north side, and that was 800 feet higher so we assumed it would be snow and ice covered as well. We took the option of backing off the route and climbing it next spring/summer.

Then we thought, hey, let's climb the south gully walk up route!

so we went back down to the lake, traversed over towards the route and up to the col.

From there it is simple class 2/3 up to the last move below the summit which is class 4 and kind of exposed.

The summit was gained and we hung out for half an hour as the clouds started to break up and reveal some summits close by like Goode, Buckner, Logan, Forbidden, etc.

The rest of the day was clear and blue skies. The way back was not fun, losing 500 feet, and then gaining 500 feet to heather pass.

Made it in 12 hours car to car after doing 1.5 routes on Black Mountain
Posted Sep 11, 2002 2:19 pm

Fred SpickerRoute Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: 15 Oct 1978  Sucess!

Fred Spicker

Climbed with Monica Spicker. Beautiful fall day - warm and nice just like summer.
Posted Jul 25, 2002 4:49 pm

EasyPeaksRoute Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: September 1994  Sucess!


"The perfect alpine scrambler's peak" is right! I would give this mountain a tie with Mt. Daniel for best scramble in the Cascades! I climbed it with a partner in 94, as a very long day trip. I have always planned on going back to do it as a 2 day trip with a camp at Wing Lake.
Posted Apr 16, 2002 6:44 pm

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