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[TR] - Stuart Lake Ice Cragging 1/7/2012

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Trip: - Stuart Lake Ice Cragging

 

Date: 1/7/2012

 

Trip Report:

If you're looking for ice alternatives in WA and don't mind a beat down approach and deproach, go to the south end oid Stuart Lake. The ice is blue and thick as Kyle Flick and I found out Saturday. Lovely one swing sticks taking easy ice screws. Approach is a beaten in path to the colchuck lake junction. From there we skinned to the lake. Total mileage from Bridge creek campground is close to 10 miles.

 

the flows pictured are 2 pitches long. We climbed the left and right most lines. Lots of other options up there. We just ran out of time. Obviously a lot of mileage and not enough climbing, this area would best be appreciated camping out up there. As well, looking at the first photo, there is significant avy hazard from the glacier above.

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Hey, John, you should link this TR into the 2011/12 Washington Ice Conditions thread (in the Ice Climbing forum) so more folks can get a peak at what you and Kyle got on.

 

Just a suggestion. I'd do it for ya, but it ain't my TR... :blush:

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Nice John. Your second pictures looks almost identical to one I climbed about 4 years ago. Lots of ice up there for sure.

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Nice John. Your second pictures looks almost identical to one I climbed about 4 years ago. Lots of ice up there for sure.

 

Yeah, we vaguely remembered a TR on this area a while ago. Was that yours?

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I'm glad my superhighway to the junction helped ya! Looks like a fun place to wander into sometime.

 

Very nice path. It was very good skinning. The down skinning was exceptional! I was prepared to head back up for a second lap.

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Nice John. Your second pictures looks almost identical to one I climbed about 4 years ago. Lots of ice up there for sure.

 

Yeah, we vaguely remembered a TR on this area a while ago. Was that yours?

 

Probably, I posted it in the WA Ice thread a few years back. Turns out it was Feb of 2009...

 

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Impressive! Things were sure filled in nicely in Feb. 2009. The ice on the right side of the cliffs in your second photo looked steep and fun Saturday.

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Start skinning at Bridge Creek C.G., and continue for the next 10 miles. For the deproach, reverse directions. It took us 6 1/2 hours to reach the ice, and 3 1/2 hours to get back to the car.

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