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#925621 - 12/07/09 10:35 AM [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009
benmurphy Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 161
TRs: 17 Photos: 262
Loc: bardo pond
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...

Hiking in

The Peaks

Starting up gulley


More up

Looking down path

Big Four, Vesper, Sperry, Rainier, etc

Olympics, Three Fingers, White Horse

NW Peak of White Chuck

Avalanche to north

Traversing close to rock

Icicles and summit


Getting close


Pugh, Sloan


Just below summit

Beginning descent

Traverse descent

White Chuck from SW

Gear Notes:
Ice axe, crampons, yukon jack
Had rope, pickets and pro but didn't use.

Approach Notes:

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#925632 - 12/07/09 10:50 AM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: benmurphy]
dberdinka Offline

Registered: 11/29/00
Posts: 2200
TRs: 44 Photos: 639
Loc: Bellingham
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 (12/07/09 12:47 PM)
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm!

#925672 - 12/07/09 12:51 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: dberdinka]
Pilchuck71 Offline
addicted to

Registered: 05/26/09
Posts: 591
TRs: 12 Photos: 164
Loc: Bellingham, Washington
Way to go man.
Nice pics.
Hope to catch up with you again.

#925874 - 12/08/09 07:18 AM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: Pilchuck71]
benmurphy Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 161
TRs: 17 Photos: 262
Loc: bardo pond
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...

#926958 - 12/13/09 01:16 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: benmurphy]
EastKing Offline

Registered: 10/14/07
Posts: 44
TRs: 4 Photos: 25
Loc: Seattle, Washington
GREAT PICS AND TR! White Chuck has stumped me twice (weather, fellow climber injured). Hope to get there this year.
Can't wait to kick the two jobs cycle!! When I do there will be an explosion of TRs here!!

#926960 - 12/13/09 01:36 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: EastKing]
wayne Offline

Registered: 05/14/01
Posts: 3602
TRs: 78 Photos: 656
Loc: Seattle!
Bold and stunning grab! well done gents

#926973 - 12/13/09 02:41 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: wayne]
Alpinfox Offline
Tebow Believer

Registered: 03/05/02
Posts: 5227
TRs: 23 Photos: 322

Wow beautiful pics. Looks like fantastic weather.

let's spank this pony and see where she goes


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