…and we headed left. The guru of Coast Mountain skiing says to head right to the valley at first opportunity and use it as a direct route to Ruth Mountain. A pack trail heads left and does the endless traverse to Hannegan Pass, where you then circle around via more traversing and eventually get to the Ruth Mountain summit.
The valley route looked too melted out and gnarly, so we took the pack trail. Mistake. There were four miles of boot packing on summer snow, replete with scary snow bridges over melt moats and tree wells that would require crevasse extrication skills had you fallen in. We returned via the valley. That was also a mistake (a good on-snow route is rapidly disappearing) But the “tremendous 800 meter run” off the summit, as Baldwin describes it, was worth it. Check it out in pictures.
Well, that turned out to be a big day on a smaller mountain. Funny how those things happen. Style of our trip so far is to watch for weather windows, then go. Rainy again today so we’ll see what the future brings. We might even get up and down something in July, and in that case truly bow to the PNW locals and go for turns-all-year! Oh, and if John Baldwin says to drop to the creek, next time we’ll do just that.