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[TR] Mt Stuart - Razorback Ridge 8/17/2014

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Trip: Mt Stuart - Razorback Ridge

 

Date: 8/17/2014

 

Trip Report:

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This past Sunday, August 17th, Mark Bunker and I climbed Razorback Ridge on Mount Stuart. We found the route an interesting alternative to the various other lines on this iconic NW mountain. More engaging than either the West Ridge or Upper North Ridge, this route offers fun climbing, a rad central section, and engaging route finding throughout.

 

Start on the lowest point of the rock buttress immediatley right (west) of Stuart Glacier Couloir. Glacier is currently in excellent shape. Stay left of buttress crest for 6 pitches (1/2 height), until able to gain ridge just below “razorback feature”. We climbed this central section for a few long simul pitches before gaining the west ridge, which we took to the summit. Reccomended route!

 

We’ve both been up the peak several times (Mark made the first winter ascent of the Complete North Ridge), though still managed to botch the descent and take a few wrong turns. Mark is a super solid dude though, great day with a great friend!

 

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Very cool report. That north side is so extensive, lots and lots of options. Neat to see a report on this particular route - any idea how often it gets climbed?

 

I know the NWB is an option for NR climbers who start from the N side, how would this route fare as a descent route for the NR climber?

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Razorback wouldn't be a good descent option for NR climbers, more rappeling than downclimbing.

 

I've not heard of a winter ascent, hmmmm......

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