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benmurphy

[TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009

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Trip: White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge

 

Date: 12/5/2009

 

Trip Report:

We drove to about 3,800 feet elevation on the road up before deep, ice hard ruts forced us to park. We started hiking up the road at 6:30 am and followed a nice snowmobile track to the ridge proper. The ridge was fun, easy hiking...the gulley to the saddle between the NW peak and summit was decent...the traverse below the ridge crest was sketchy. We decided not to rope up as there was nothing for good pro and we didn't want a single falling member to take the others along...

We made it to the final saddle about 30-50 feet below the summit after much up and downclimbing to find a route that would go. At this point, thinking I was standing on snow over rock, one leg punched through the snow (over nothing) dangling above the steep chute drop. We decided to forgo the final 50 feet and turned around with hours of sketchy downclimbing ahead...

We made it back to the car about 4:30 pm in light snow. Another beautiful day in the Cascades. The views from White Chuck are amazing...Rainier, the Olympics, Pickets, Baker, Shuksan, Glacier Peak, Dome, Pugh, Sloan, Big Four, Vesper, Sperry, Monte Cristo range, Stuart, Ingalls, etc...

Pics...

 

Hiking in

01_Hiking_Up_Road.JPG

 

The Peaks

02_NW_Peak_and_Summit.JPG

 

Starting up gulley

03_Starting_Up_Gulley.JPG

 

Ascending

06_Dan_ascending.JPG

 

More up

07_Dan_leading_up.JPG

 

Looking down path

08_Looking_down_path.JPG

 

Big Four, Vesper, Sperry, Rainier, etc

09_big_four_vesper_sperry_ms_dc.JPG

 

Olympics, Three Fingers, White Horse

10_three_fingers_white_horse.JPG

 

NW Peak of White Chuck

11_nw_peak.JPG

 

Avalanche to north

14_avalanche_to_north.JPG

 

Traversing close to rock

15_hugging_rock.JPG

 

Icicles and summit

16_icicles_and_summiot.JPG

 

Traversing

17_traversing.JPG

 

Getting close

18_nearinf_summit.JPG

 

Pickets

19_pickets.JPG

 

Pugh, Sloan

20_pugh_sloan.JPG

 

Fun

21_descending_notch_to_continue.JPG

 

Just below summit

22_high_point.JPG

 

Beginning descent

24_descent.JPG

 

Traverse descent

25_descent_2.JPG

 

White Chuck from SW

26_west_face_white_chuck.JPG

 

Gear Notes:

Ice axe, crampons, yukon jack

Had rope, pickets and pro but didn't use.

 

Approach Notes:

Snow

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Nice....thats a great mountain for winter climbing and I don't think there are to many periods when the road is still almost driveable to the end. Might have to get in there...

Edited by dberdinka

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sweet man, i've got a list going of some stuff i'd like to get up this winter...i'll pm you sometime to see if yer available...

cheers!

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