Basic Alpine Climb - Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse


Basic Alpine Climb - Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse

Climb Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak over 2 days with an overnight near Ruth Mt. While the summit of Ruth Mt. is often done as a day trip, the traverse to Icy Peak makes this a moderately strenuous trip. FOR TOM NIMS SIG STUDENTS~LEADERS PERMISSION REQUIRED

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  • Sat, Jul 9, 2016 — Sun, Jul 10, 2016
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing, Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2, M2G Mountain 2 Glacier Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,670 ft



Please do not sign up unless you have been asked to do so.

Leave the Hannegan Pass trailhead at 6am Saturday, hike to Hannegan Pass, climb Ruth Mountain, then set camp in the basin near the summit. Sunday, we will wake early, make the traverse to Icy Peak, climb, then retrace our steps out to trailhead.  This climb will be weather dependent.  Climbers should be in good fitness, as this is a long climb with plenty of elevation with overnight gear.  Please ask if you are unsure.  Will hopefully avoid "Death Gully by means of  scrambling 3rd-4th class terrain to the East of gully (conditions dependent). 


Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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