Mt. Stuart on the approach hike
Our first view of Argonaut Peak, our destination. The snow finger on the left in the shadow was our route up.
Sherpa and Stuart behind Mountaineer Ridge
Jim traveling across what we thought would be snow to get into the Mountaineer Creek Basin
The log we walked across Mountaineer Creek
Jim ascending what would be nasty alder fields later in the year
Argonaut. We entered the gully at the left
Jim with Jack Ridge and Eightmile Mountain in the distance
Jim and Cashmere in the distance
the entrance to the NE couloir
Jim starting up the couloir
Jim at the narrowest part
Jim kicking in higher up the couloir. It stayed pretty steep the whole way (40-50 degrees)
Jim nearing the top
looking down the couloir
At the top of the couloir we had to climb one pitch of rock to get to the upper snowfield. I led up the slabby cracky things in the middle and traversed right to the mossy ridge on the edge of the picture.
Jim on the upper snowfield, which was pretty steep and really exposed
After the snowfield Jim led a short pitch that included scooching along the top of the right right by the camera and then traversing around the right side of the tower in the middle
Jim belaying me over, with the leaning summit rock behind
Jim scrambling up to the summit
going under the leaning rock to finish the scramble
happy to be on top
Colchuck Peak. There are two people on the summit in this photo and one person traversing the mellow snow field heading toward the summit
Looking north to Cashmere Mt. and Glacier Peak
Jim sitting on the leaning summit rock with the summit register
First people to sign in this year.
Jim and the Enchantments
Jim scrambling back down
Jim traversing the upper snowfield
After the rappel back to the top of the NE couloir we traversed rock ledges to get to the top of the East gully for our descent.
The view up the East Gully from below
We then dropped slightly and went around the rock buttress in the middle to go up and over Colchuck Col.
The rock buttress looks like a baboon up close
The dragon's tail
a cool rock on the ridge
Argonaut Peak from our exit route
heading up to Colchuck Col
Jim heading to the col
the view down to Colchuck Lake
After glisading almost then entire way down we were at the lake in no time.
Colchuck Lake still frozen
quite the destruction from an avalanche
It got cloudy and even started raining a little as we left the lake
our route. Orange is up, green is a variation on the way down and the pink dots are where we started and ended rock climbing pitches
Orange is up, green is down and pink dots are where we belayed climbing or rappeled from.
google earth view of the route