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fekjpk24Loved this Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2016
Started out intending to climb Eldorado but couldn't get permits. Reluctantly we settled on Ruth Mountain. It turned out to be blessing in disguise. We had a great climb.

We hiked up the trail to the base of Ruth before we jumped onto the snow. It was a fairly easy and pleasant hike with lots of small waterfalls along the way. We climbed up to the saddle between Ruth and a small peak immediately north of Ruth Mountain. The snow was soft and we easily kicked steps without crampons.

We spent the night at about 6800 on the saddle. It was a clear and warm night in the 50s with a small gentle breeze out of the east. The night sky was fantastic.

We got up the next morning about 5 and were climbing by 6 or so. We used crampons and roped up to go up the Glacier to the summit. There were 3 of us. We only saw one small crevasse along the way and probably didn't need to rope up, but we wanted the practice of roped travel.

The climb was easy and by 730 we were on the summit. Our lead on the rope was greeted by a growling dog at the summit. A couple and their dog had spent the night on the summit along with two other climbers. The dog turned out to be a puppy that was friendly but protective. The couple and the dog headed back down the mountain unroped and the other two climbers headed on to summit nearby Icy Peak.

Our initial plan was to also summit Icy Peak but the temperatures were rising quickly and we didn't have a lot of time. It was sooo hot up there and getting hotter by the minute. Continuing on wouldn't be too smart. We decided to head back down and we were glad we did because by the time we packed up our camp and were headed back down it was blazing hot walking on the snow.

Of note is that we glissaded down a small gully during our descent and darn near glissaded into a hole with a 15 foot drop into some very sharp rocks and running water. It would have ruined our day for sure. I have a better appreciation for the advise that you shouldn't glissade down an area unless you climbed up that area.



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Posted Jul 25, 2016 10:37 pm

NormanRuth
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2016

Norman

Two of us wanted to climb Sefrit on Saturday, but the Ruth Creek crossing was going to be a challenge. We would have been more motivated if the weather had been better. No rain but everything was wet. The clouds were low. So off we went to the more familiar Ruth Mountain. Snow from Hannegan Pass on. Views were very limited, but short opportunities to see Shuksan were good enough. First summit for me this year.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 8:50 pm

NWNavGreat for New Climbers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013

NWNav

Did this with a rope team that had practice, but had never done glacier travel actual. This was a great trip for them to experience being roped up, and gave me piece of mind with two inexperienced climbers.
Posted Jan 18, 2015 3:44 pm

EastKingOn the summit for three hours  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

EastKing

Nice climb. Sketchy on a side traverse along 5920' but other than that a long hot fun day. Views cleared for smoke from a forest fire in the morning to clearer sky in the afternoon.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 2:57 am

Mike LewisH Pass. Stunning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

Mike Lewis

EastKing and I stayed at the TH overnight and went up early hoping to beat some of the heat. We paced our way up the snow (5,000') which was beginning to melt with temps never making 0c. A little worrisome traversing the North-East side of P5930' with bad run-out but the snow conditions were perfect summer snow. Made the summit by 11am with sun and bad smoke that eventually blew away. The views went from good, to great to amazing and by the time we got to the top I was shouting with joy with that amazing view of Shuksan. We spent 3 hours taking it in and chatting with others before glissading down and then the heat hit us. Back on trail, we jumped under cataracts to stay cool. Ruth is an awesome peak that delivers the whole way.
Posted Jul 13, 2014 2:30 am

CurtissimoHappy birthday USA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014

Curtissimo

Snow constant from just before the pass. Some snow bridges across gullies on approach to pass require some considerable effort or risk, OK for mountaineers but still dangerous for casual hikers.

Beautiful mountain more majestic than it's somewhat humble stature would indicate.

Nice day with Magellan and the Maintenance Man.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 1:46 am

JLuthanenFirst North Cascades success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2013

JLuthanen

After attempting Rainier 2x and Church 1x, tagged my first legit North Cascades peak today. Weather was bluebird though the coast has been shrouded in fog for 10+ days, no wind. Snow was punchy but held well in the morning. 7:30am arrival, 5pm depart (after hour long summit lunch @ 12). All reward for views - fun climb!
Posted Oct 27, 2013 1:19 am

belowfellowfun trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

belowfellow

we were above a sea of clouds for the majority of the trip. it there was a lot of smoke in the air, which diminished views, but a great trip nonetheless
Posted Oct 28, 2012 1:00 pm

tcingrumRuth via Hannegan  Sucess!

tcingrum

nice day trip great area
Posted Sep 21, 2012 1:00 am

sprossedaSE face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2012

sprosseda

Instead of going up the Ruth glacier solo, I contoured below the glacier to E ridge, then to SE face and went up snow slopes to hit final crest 50 feet from summit. Fantastic panorama and mountain was not as challenging as I was expecting.
Posted Sep 14, 2012 6:03 pm

setrentNorth Slope  Sucess!
A great spring ski!
Posted Oct 21, 2011 12:32 am

MMclimbhighFour times...  Sucess!

MMclimbhigh

Climbed Ruth glacier a handful of times. To ski, summit bivy and on the way to Icy. Great views!
Posted Oct 4, 2011 8:32 pm

ryanrocketsGreat spring snow... in August!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2011

ryanrockets

Hauled the skis all the way up (on bike trailers from Bellingham) so my buddy could test out his new AT gear. It was worth it! I've never had that many soft, enjoyable turns in August before. Most parties were wearing crampons, judging from the ample boot paths up the ridgeline, and we saw some very large rope teams from below (Mazama groups) that must have crossed over to Icy. I think it was actually safer without mountaineering gear. Case in point: Bellingham Search & Rescue was out that morning to help a guy who punctured his own knee. I saw one tiny crevasse below Rest Rock that was easily avoided. My Australian Shepherd also really enjoyed this summit. Only downers: descending the valley with skis on packs, and all the views obscured by harmless clouds.
Posted Aug 15, 2011 7:38 pm

dan-oRuth  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2010

dan-o

Nice cruiser, will have to take the skis up there this winter...
Posted Aug 12, 2011 6:26 pm

Josh LewisA good day out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2011

Josh Lewis

I went with Gimpilator and Joe which we had a fun climb up, made it up in 5 hours, and 3 hours down. Stellar weather!
Posted Aug 5, 2011 1:26 am

fjes6Great Vista  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2011

fjes6

Not bad at all, great views of Shuksan.
Posted Aug 4, 2011 11:55 pm

gimpilatorI've wanted this one for years  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2011

gimpilator

A nice easy glacier climb.
Posted Aug 4, 2011 11:26 pm

Bluecube22on the summit Solo
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2004

Bluecube22

This was my first climb ever I stayed on the summit solo for 2 1/2days during that time spent up there I seen over 100 goats on the Nooksak Ridge.during the night I seen the Perseid meteor shower and herd Mount Shucksan north face ice avalanche off what a wake up call.I think I left something in my pants.I know it sounds far fetched but that was one of my best experiences in. the mountains.
Posted Jan 11, 2011 9:29 pm

ExcitableBoyRuth Glacier - Icy Peak traverse  Sucess!

ExcitableBoy

Climbed this twice and spent the night on the summit both times. Second time made the traverse to Icy Peak - highly recommended.
Posted Dec 28, 2010 9:34 am

project360Ruth... you got me thinking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

project360

Need to start seeing other mountains than climbing Baker 4 times in a summer...
Posted Oct 14, 2009 11:52 pm

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