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Wellman

Axe and crampons for N Ridge of Stuart? (Ingalls Approach)

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Curious if anyone had been up recently and can speak to the need to bring ice axe and/or crampons for the south approach/descent. Would love to shave a little weight on our trip next week!

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I did the West Ridge (descended CC) and was able to almost completely avoid snow.  You should be good for the descent.  Can't speak to the North Ridge approach though.

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Upper N Ridge w/ glacier approach = need both.  Direct/Complete N Ridge = don't need either.  You can get water at the base of the N ridge and there was water running off the snow patch just below the summit on Sat afternoon too.  Have fun up there!

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We climbed the N ridge then did one or two raps on the west ridge.  From there we scrambled down the remaining portion.

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7 hours ago, AlpineK said:

We climbed the N ridge then did one or two raps on the west ridge.  From there we scrambled down the remaining portion.

And one of you was wearing rock shoes?

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