Mount Stuart on Stuart Range / 史都華山脈上的史都華山

Mount Stuart is the pillar of The Enchantments. I have seen it from other places in Teanaway. For a while, I thought it was a super technical climb. But then I discovered the Cascadian Couloir when I looked into ot more. Sweet! The wait was over.

Mount Stuart real summit awaits
Mount Stuart real summit awaits

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Mount Stuart at a Glance

Access: Lake Ingalls Trailhead
Round Trip: 14 miles
Elevation Range: 4280′-9415′
Gear: helmet, ice ax
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

The Preface

My friend Piotr agreed to climb the mountain with me. But that came as a surprise. He had said before that he was more into taller mountains like the Washington volcanoes. Hiking with tall people meant that I needed to move faster. But I was grateful for his company.

We drove up to the trailhead before 9 AM on a beautiful Saturday. Shortly, we made our way up toward Longs Pass. Soon, the impressive massif was in full display. It took half an hour to go down to Ingalls Creek. There we located the path that led to the Cascadian Couloir. Just then, we forewent the idea of climbing Sherpa Peak. So we left the rock gear behind.

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Mount Stuart Cascadian Couloir

The couloir was full of boulders, talus, and scree. We kept turned around to admire the beauty of Teanaway. Soon, big rocks turned into loose debris. Before long, we were by the snowfield below the false summit. Then we saw several climbers making their way down. Once above the snow, it was just going through more boulders to reach the real summit.

Wow, just wow! Views at the top were just beyond words. Apart from Teanaway, we also got to see the inside The Enchantments. I hoped to explore more of the area before the end of the season. We stayed just long enough for a photo break before going back down.

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Outro

On the way down, we met a couple of climbers from earlier. One of them slipped down the steep snowfield, and the boulders at the bottom stopped him from going farther. Luckily, the man had on a helmet. He didn’t appear to have any external bleeding, but he was unable to walk. We took his emergency contact info proceeded to call for help. Piotr offered them extra food and clothing, at least until the rescue team arrived.

Cell reception higher on the mountain was nonexistent. So we went down 1300′ before Piotr could call 911. We waited in the couloir until Piotr got a confirmation from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department. They had dispatched a helicopter to airlift the injured man. Then we continued to go down to Ingalls Creek as help arrived on the scene. So the rescue team was able to locate the two men with the coordinates provided.

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Long Day on Mount Stuart

Despite all of this chaos, we asked another lone climber to join us on his way out. We suggested that it wouldn’t be safe for him to go back to the trailhead alone after dark. Long story short. We arrived back at the trailhead at 1 AM, with the four-hour rescue mission wait time in between. It was a long day, indeed!

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