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[TR] Ingalls Peak/Headlight Basin - E Ridge + South Face 6/4/2016

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Trip: Ingalls Peak/Headlight Basin - E Ridge + South Face

 

Date: 6/4/2016

 

Trip Report:

Great short weekend out. We did the E Ridge then descended and did the top section of the S Face (the best part!) before descending the rest of the way

 

Approach conditions were snowy, with a tricky moat to get on route for the E Face. We got on the rock at the wrong spot (too far left) and had to climb a little vertical section to get to the ramp. No matter how you do it the moat is gonna be a little hairy. The whole day was very hot and we should have brought more sunscreen for the reflected sunlight. Headlight Basin is still quite snowy though I bet it's melting fast.

 

Others brought crampons/ice axe for the gully and didn't regret bringing them, but I didn't have them (1 hiking pole only) and was OK using steps kicked before us/kicking more in the mostly soft snow.

 

Road 9737 is still closed ~1 mi from the trailhead due to washouts. The right turn on the trail is also at a washout so it's extra easy to miss - the sign is gone!

 

 

Have some photos:

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Stoke: beauuutiful rock on Ingalls S Face

 

 

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The washout just before the Esmerelda trailhead would be impassable by most cars, but to make sure nobody makes the situation worse, WSDOT has put a barrier in 1 mile up the road. Easy road hike, keeps out some of the riffraff (but not us unfortunately).

 

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Stuart W Ridge ridge is still quite snowy

 

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A bit of Aurora Borealis at around 2AM

 

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Star and airplane trails. Larger version at 500px.

 

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We were on snow from just before Ingalls pass to the base of the route. The lake was just starting to show some blue around the edges.

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