Mount Stuart/North Ridge


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Mount Stuart/North Ridge

N. Ridge of Stuart - Entire North Ridge

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  • Fri, Jun 23, 2017 — Sun, Jun 25, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Challenging
  • Elevation Gain: 5,525 ft


This will be a strenuous multi-day climb up the N. Ridge.  Climbers must be in excellent physical condition, confident climbing 5.9 trad in the past, simul-climbing low-mid 5th-class terrain, and have knowledge of small-party self-rescue. 

Leader's permission required; will want to climb at the gym or outdoors at least once with you to gauge readiness. Participants cannot merely follow - must be capable of leading.

Two potential itineraries:

1 - Bivy at base of N. Ridge then climb to summit.  Either bivy at summit or on way down, or go straight back to trailhead.

2 - Climb N. Ridge to bivy spot midway. Climb remainder of route and exit back to TH.

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Mount Stuart/North Ridge

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 locking carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Cordellete
  • Picket or other relevant protection
  • Extra webbing or cord
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