Mount Stuart is a sharp, beautiful mass of granite just west of the Enchantments. At 9,415 ft of elevation, it is the second-highest non-volcanic mountain in the state (after Bonanza Peak) and the seventh-highest overall. Views from the top are spectacular.
We’ll leave Seattle on Saturday, hiking in and camping at the base of the route. An alpine start on Sunday morning will hopefully bring us to the summit in the early morning while the snow is still firm; we’ll then descend and hike out. Equipment includes mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice axe.
I am comfortable with a group size of 4, so there is room for three people. This will be a very strenuous trip from the sheer volume of climbing required. The scrambling is also very exposed; I’m a fan of accident reports, so this is a good place to mention that a climber slipped and died on this route last year (http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1128662). However, the risks are well within tolerance for those who feel comfortable in their footing on steep terrain; this is a popular route which is completed safely & successfully by many climbers each year.