They were predicting a week of sunny weather at the beginning of October, so living in the NW I knew I had to take advantage of it. I had this great plan of soloing Ruth as a final bold capper on the season (not to mention I couldn't get anyone else to go). I did Ruth about the same time last year so I thought I could predict what the conditions would be like.
A few inches of new, dry, windblown snow makes the steep trail up from Hannegan Pass interesting. These conditions were the same last October.
As I rounded the know North of Ruth I looked on to a vastly more crevasses glacier than last year.
Previously the route up the ridge to the summit was crevasse free!
A close up of the large crevasse that ran transverse across the whole ridge of the glacier.
So as a prudent person traveling alone I stopped on the leeward side of the knob and lay in the sun for a couple of hours then trudged on home.
Hope the conditions are better or the company more numerous next time.
Good choice. Because of the awesome amount of melt this summer the crevasses opened up more than usual. This crevasse blocking your route is not as impressive in the photograph as in reality, which makes the shot that much more memorable.