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June 17, 2010

Alpine Rock Season Underway!

Ingalls Peak with Mount Stuart

A new season begins! This past weekend, Mark Ryman privately guided Mountain Madness clients Scott Eglinton and Rich Ward on the alpine climb in the Washington Cascades. The three-day trip was a modified version of the Alpine Rock Seminar course where the climbers went through skills training the first day, and climbed Cutthroat Peak and South Early Winter Spire the next two days. The conditions and weather couldn't have been better!

South Early Winter Spire and Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell Massif

Washington Pass summit


Here is what Scott had to say about his experience:

"Just wanted to give a mountain size THANK YOU for my recent trip to Washington Pass. My friend Rich and I had a privately guided climb with Mark Ryman this past weekend. Your operation was very helpful and organized, every step of the way... LITERALLY! I cannot say enough good things about our guide Mark. I recommend him to anybody considering a climb. Being the consummate professional, Mark was able to save our asses during a slip. He is very knowledgeable, easy going, friendly and prepared. My experience will not be forgotten and I will always use Mountain Madness as climb planners. Jeremy and Julie were excellent as well with our pre-trip logistics. Again, many thanks to Mountain Madness and Mark Ryman for allowing us to Make It Happen!"


Climbers unfamiliar with the Washignton Cascades often think of it as a range bristling with snow-capped, glaciated peaks, not of a place home to immense rock walls, elegant rock ridges, or complex faces composed of solide granite. The pleasant surprise for many visitors however is that there is in fact an abundance of guided alpine rock routes waiting for you. Some require glacier travel and involve long approaches in glroious wilderness settings. Others are set high in the North Cascades, a mere hour walk from the trailhead. 

Other ways to get up on alpine rock: