That same year in early May I climbed towards Sefrit's East Ridge on skis as part of a three day ski traverse over all the peaks on Ruth Ridge and ending at Ruth Mountain. It was hot that first day and the huge cornices on Sefrit's East Ridge didn't appear as though they would stay put; I chose to climb the peak another time.
|Slopes above Ruth Creek leading to the Nachaktsen/Sefrit Saddle|
Gil Laas had off Saturday Feb. 4th, that is without family commitments, and we made plans for an early start and one day climb of the West Peak. I'd have liked to tried the main summit (about 300 feet higher and to the east), but the temps were looking very warm. I figured the recent foot or so of new snow would not remain on the slopes very long in the hot sun. Getting to the true summit would have involved traversing about a half mile of steep south-facing terrain. So we planned on the West Peak.
|Gil takes a break at 5600 feet on approach to the West Peak|
I dumped my puffy coat and stove into a garbage bag and left it at 5600, where if we needed it, it would be there on the descent. No matter how fine the weather, I've found it prudent to carry these two items in the mountains in the winter. Things happen and weather changes. Gill stripped off even more clothes as we were now marching in the sun; we figured it got up to 60 degrees that day. On up the ridge we marched until the first rocks of the West Peaks Southwest Ridge.
|Gil nearing Sefrit's West Peak|
|Gil plows upward toward the ridgecrest|
|Gil close to the summit, Sefrit's main summit in the background|
|The summit of Sefrit's West Peak with Shuksan and Baker|
|Shuksan in the evening|
Let the pitons rattle as we go to battle.
Sound the ever ringing peal of steel on steel.
Let the happy chink of the old snaplink.
Echo oer the mountains and the snow.