Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mt Stuart - Direct North Ridge (Cascades) + K2 Climbing Weather Excellent + Spider West Ridge (Cascade) + Karakorum Update

Mt Stuart - Direct North Ridge in the Cascades - trip report with pictures by Steph Abegg
K2 climbing weather is excellent as team prepares for first rotation - report with pictures - Madison
Spider West Ridge (Cascades) trip report with pictures by Sean (Dr Dirtbag) at summitpost
Karakorum 2016 - Majority of climber shave reached base camp - acclimatising and route fixing
Gobright and Bennett blaze up three El Cap routes in a day by Alpinist Magazine

http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1149726  --  Steph Abegg  --  Washington  --  Mt Stuart - Direct North Ridge (Cascades)


http://madisonmountaineering.com/k2-climbing-weather/  --  K2 climbing weather is excellent as team prepares for first rotation

http://drdirtbag.com/2016/06/29/spider-w-ridge/  --  seano  --  Spider Peak West Ridge in the Cascades

http://altitudepakistan.blogspot.com/2016/06/summer-2016-majority-of-climbers-have.html  --  Karakorum - majority of climbers have reached base camp

http://alpinist.com/doc/web16c/newswire-gobright-bennett-climb-three-el-cap-outes-day  --  Gobright and Bennett blaze up 3 El Cap routes in a day


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Eric Su added 5 new photos — with Jonathan Mason.
5 hrs
Two of us completed a successful first ascent of the Basin to Tom Traverse on 6/25-6/27/16: This is an extremely beautiful route which dominates the Bishop skyline, traversing every single peak around the Horton Lakes basin. On day 1, we started from 4,800 ft and climbed to the summit of Basin Mountain via East Couloir (class 4+) and camped at a notch (~13,000 ft) right below the summit. The next day both of us woke up with mild altitude sickness, but continued anyway, climbing the scary, fun, and wildly exposed east ridge of South Basin (class 5.4). Eventually the physical effort just became a pure suffer fest, and we only made it to Four Gables by the second day, camping on the 12,700 ft summit plateau. We woke up the third day to downclimb a 1,000 ft couloir and ascend Mt. Tom, then proceeded to descend Tom's north ridge, arriving back at our starting point at ~10:20pm.
map: http://caltopo.com/m/509P#
Difficulty: V+, 5.4
Stats: ~26 miles 13,000 ft gain


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