Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rock Mountain, Nason Ridge

A last-minute change in plans had Eric and I hiking off Highway 2 Saturday morning, headed up Rock Mountain. Eric's TR with conditions is on NWHikers.

Arrowhead Mountain (l) and Jim Hill Mountain
Jim Hill
Cornices even in the forest, at ~5000'
Looking up toward the final ridge of Rock, ~5600'
Looking at the final slope to the summit ridge, from 6400'; summit above Eric's head
Eric about to pop through the break in the cornices
The steep ridge section at 5400'; we went right over the spine both on ascent and descent, though two skiers crossed the east-facing slope which we had sent surface slough down only an hour or two prior...
The Chiwaukum group: North, Middle, Big, Snowgrass
Back in warm temps and snow free below 4000'

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