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North Ridge T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elevation: 8,605 ft
GPS: 47.472, -120.888 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jacob Smith on Aug 24, 2015
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Nate Ball

Description

The next summit east of Stuart, Sherpa is a worthy, but much more scrappy, climb. Expect questionable rock and an involved descent. Also like Stuart, this one lies outside the Enchantments permit zone.

Getting There

Two approaches exist-
If coming from the south, hike in from the Ingalls Way trailhead, over Long's Pass as for the Cascadian Couloir on Stuart, but continue down Ingalls Creek before heading up your route of choice.
If coming from the north, hike in from the Stuart Lake trailhead and then break south to follow Mountaineer's Creek. A obvious climber's trail will lead to a creek crossing and then a trail of cairns through the forest and then a series of talus slopes, but these are ultimately heading for the north side of Stuart, so its best to descend at some point to the old climber's trail along the creek. When the creek begins to branch follow the southern (climber's left) stream up to the Sherpa-Argonaut basin. Expect some degree of bushwhacking and a lot of downed trees after leaving the Stuart Lake trail, and especially after leaving Mountaineer's Creek.

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