South Ingalls Peak

5/30/22
WA Cascades East Slopes Central
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Posted by tele benjy on 5/31/22 10:15pm

This is my first trip report here, I was inspired for this trip and many others by reading TAY posts so I figured it's time to give back to the community!

 

Snow had melted all the way to Esmerelda Trailhead so no roadside slog required. My Tesla model Y had no issues with the small potholes. Short ~5min walk required from the start of the trail to the start of continuous snow. We encountered many downed trees and creeks, requiring a good bit of unclipping, but it is manageable. We found a good line straight up to Ingalls Pass, from which we were able to see our next destination, the top of the ridge line just south of South Ingalls Peak.

 

We traversed over and ascended a relatively steep path, which mellowed out closer to the top. We were aiming for a steep couloir line on the other side of the mountain, but once we crested the ridge we scouted forward and only saw big cliff bands to the left, not the couloir we were hoping for. We headed right instead, and got some fantastic slush near the top, which became a bit stickier down below.

 

We skied past Lake Ann, and ascended the ridge line to the southeast. From the top we ripped skins for the final time, and tried our best to drop some knees through moderately sticky and heavily treed snow. Our return path was less elegant than our path upwards; after unclipping ~6 times to cross creeks we finally found continuous snow, and skied back to where we began.

 

All in all an excellent day, the snow is melting fast so get out there before it's all gone!

 

Video: https://youtu.be/s5sn6sCgkv0

 

 

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