Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse


Basic Glacier Climb - Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse

Basic glacier climb in a very beautiful setting.

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  • Sat, Jul 17, 2021 — Sun, Jul 18, 2021
  • Olympia Basic Alpine Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2, M2G Mountain 2 Glacier Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft


We will climb both Ruth Mountain and Icy Peak.  Come prepared for a long weekend.

 The Icy Peak climb will involve some loose class 3-4 scrambling.

 This climb is intended to prioritize 2nd year (2020) Olympia Branch climbing students that need a glacier climb. 

 Additionally, Olympia Branch climbing students enrolled in the intensive basic course (2021) will also have an opportunity and will be prioritized as well.

 Olympia Branch climbing students that meet the above considerations will also need a climb leader from this climb (or from branch climbing chair Julie Dasso) to have provided leader permission for sign up confirming you are in proper conditioning for this climb.  Ideally you will have done a conditioner with an Olympia branch leader prior to the climb.  Please reach out to an Oly branch leader or any leader on this roster to arrange such a conditioner.

 Roster to open to other interested parties on July 10


Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse

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  • See full route/place details.
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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