Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse


Basic Glacier Climb - Ruth Mountain & Icy Peak Traverse

Priority for Foothills Basic students until 6/30. Please read leader notes before requesting permission.

  • Sat, Jul 22, 2023 — Sun, Jul 23, 2023
  • Foothills Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 2, Strenuous 3, Basic Glacier Climb, M2G Advanced Glacier Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft

TBD, but early.

The priority goes to Foothills climbing students until 06/30. Foothills students, you are welcome to request permission to join anytime after Snow 2 field trip. Everyone else, please wait until 6/30 to reach to leader - earlier requests will be ignored.

Rope leaders are welcome to reach to me anytime.

When requesting leader permission, please include the recent history of trips/conditioners with more than 4000ft of gain, preferably with o vernight pack. Please also include your experience in scrambling terrain.


This will be moderately paced but very strenuous climb, especially on the first day. It is crucial that all participants are in a good shape for this trip. The leaders may ask you to stay in camp if your conditioning is not up to the expectations. Excellent expedition behavior is a must!

This route requires a backcountry camping permit from North Cascades National Park. The leader will apply for it in a pre-season lottery and if that is unsuccessful, will visit a ranger station for a walk-in permit.

If weather (or lack of permit) doesn't allow for a fun 2-day trip, we will turn it into one day attempt of Ruth Mountain. If weather is bad for both days of the weekend, the trip will be cancelled.


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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