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RPC's Mount Stuart - North Ridge

 
RPC\'s Mount Stuart - North Ridge

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Object Title: RPC's Mount Stuart - North Ridge

Image Type(s): Alpine Climbing

 

Page By: rpc

Created/Edited: Aug 23, 2010 / Aug 24, 2010

Object ID: 652969

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Summary

Shirley & I climbed this in July of 2005 (via notch vs. complete ridge) from a camp below Ingalls Lake. Very fun! Mostly low 5th class and very well protected where harder. Descending down Cascadian C. was the lowlight of the day (loose scree & boulder fields). One of the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.

My most vivid recollection from this outing happened the morning after our climb. A pressing need for #1 woke me up and so I got out of the tent and proceeded to relieve myself a few steps away. Eyes still half closed, mind fogged over with remnants of sleep...it was not till they were 20 feet away that I saw an elderly couple hiking in my direction. A further delayed reaction on my part did not help. A full frontal offensive is not what they expected that morning. I recall struggling internally with two options: to apologize or to play it off as if it hadn't happened... I do not recall what heppened next.

Photos

North Ridge
Crossing a snowfield before Goat Pass on the approach.

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Crossing a snowfield above Stuart Glacier on the approach.

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Looking back at Stuart Glacier and Goat Pass from the starting notch.

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Passing another party a couple hunderd feet up from the starting notch.

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Leading the low angle slab, roughly pitch 8.

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Looking back at Shirley belaying me on this pitch.

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Couple mini-me's on the low angle slab.

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Shirley following the easy slab.

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Shirley on the knife edge traverse of roughly pitch 10.

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Same knife edge traverse of pitch 10.

North Ridge
Approaching The Great Gendarme.

North Ridge
Leading pitch 1 of The Great Gendarme.

North Ridge
Shirley starting up pitch 1 of The Great Gendarme.

North Ridge
Shirley on pitch 1 of The Great Gendarme.

North Ridge
Shirley atop pitch 1 belay on The Great Gendarme.

North Ridge
Starting up pitch 2 of The Great Gendarme.

North Ridge
Looking back towards Shirley belaying me.

North Ridge
Leading pitch 2 of The Great Gendarme.

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Easy climbing just above The Great Gendarme.

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Leading approx. pitch 15 near the top of the route.

North Ridge
Shirley just below the summit, roughly pitch 15.

Mount Stuart
Ingalls Peaks from the summit.

North Ridge
Looking at Shirley topping out on North Ridge from summit.

Mount Stuart
Shirley starting the descent down the NASTY Cascadian Couloir.

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