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#925621 - 12/07/09 10:35 AM [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009
benmurphy Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 152
TRs: 16 Photos: 250
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...
Pics...

Hiking in


The Peaks


Starting up gulley


Ascending


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


Traversing


Getting close


Pickets


Pugh, Sloan


Fun


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:
Snow

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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
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Registered: 11/29/00
Posts: 2098
TRs: 39 Photos: 571
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)
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#925672 - 12/07/09 12:51 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: dberdinka]
Pilchuck71 Offline
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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.
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#925874 - 12/08/09 07:18 AM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: Pilchuck71]
benmurphy Offline
member

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 152
TRs: 16 Photos: 250
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...
cheers!

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#926958 - 12/13/09 01:16 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: benmurphy]
EastKing Offline
n00b

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.
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#926960 - 12/13/09 01:36 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: EastKing]
wayne Offline
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Registered: 05/14/01
Posts: 3425
TRs: 61 Photos: 590
Loc: Seattle!
Bold and stunning grab! well done gents
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#926973 - 12/13/09 02:41 PM Re: [TR] White Chuck Mountain - Northwest Ridge 12/5/2009 [Re: wayne]
Alpinfox Offline
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Registered: 03/05/02
Posts: 5220
TRs: 22 Photos: 320

Wow beautiful pics. Looks like fantastic weather.



tup
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