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[TR] Ingalls Peak - South Ridge 8/16/2008

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Trip: Ingalls Peak - South Ridge

 

Date: 8/16/2008

 

Trip Report:

I had been trying to get my friend Shawn up Ingalls Peak for a couple of years. He is an animal on indoor walls and sport climbs, but hasn't done much alpine rock. I consider Ingalls a nice introduction to the alpine world...nice approach trail, beautiful views, clean rock and straightforward climbing. Our last try didn't make it past the trailhead, as a forest fire had the trail closed. When we pulled up last weekend we saw a notice regarding the Jack Creek fire...deja vu. Not to be deterred, we forged on into the sunset light. The views from the pass of the flaring trees was pretty awesome, but the fire never threatened us or blew smoke our way. The next morning I hiked over to Ingalls Lake to feed the skeeters, take pictures of goats, recon the approach, and chat with some climbers headed for Stuart. I collected a well rested Shawn and we headed back to the lake. The gulley had a few snow patches, but we easily hiked around them up to Dogtooth Spires. We had the mountain all to ourselves (A first on a nice summer weekend!). We protected 3 pitches and scrambled up to the summit. I never tire of the great views in that area. Shawn didn't enjoy the hiking, but liked the climbing and scenery. I'll keep trying to convert him!

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Gear Notes:

Light alpine rack with cams to 3 inches. We took a single 60 meter rope and were able to rap the whole thing. Bring bug juice, they await you!

 

Approach Notes:

Someone on a Stuart TR had asked about snow. There are still some patches on the approach, but these are easily avoided...so no ice axe, crampons, gaiters, etc. needed.

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This Saturday, I definitely got turned around at the trailhead because of the fire closure. They could have posted the sign at the beginning of the Teanaway river road!!

 

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Just wanted to post a picture of the fire...it really was there, not that that makes getting turned around feel any better! I hope you get up there...try in the fall, the larch trees are beautiful when they've turned golden.P1010890.JPG

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Any updates on Fires? Planning on heading up this weekend. Kevino, you around? I think you are in town all weekend. We are leaving Tacoma tonight after work.

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yeah...matt cook and i ran up this monday evening. stupid cold for august.

 

and mountainstyle, i was talking about next weekend - got the last weekend of my nursing class this weekend.

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I started my M.S. so now I have school too, sucks. I am hoping I can swing something next weekend. It depends on how much reading I get done. Thanks for the cold warning.

 

 

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