Mt. Williwaw Northwest Ridge/The Ramp from Glen Alps - 5:46:27
This was Plan B of the day. The original plan was to finally go and conquer Eagle Peak, but when the forecast called for rain, well, such a long day didn't sound fun at all. So I opted to try and summit Williwaw via one of the more difficult routes.
|Walking across the Ballfield|
|Black Lake hidden below the north face of O'Malley|
|The Williwaw "pyramid" as seen from the west buttress. The Northwest ridge is on the left of the pyramid.|
|At the bottom of the route. Nice scrambling ahead! Just make sure to hit it in the dry!|
|Lots of exposure to be had, but on stable-ish rock. Tread carefully!|
|Confident in the dry. Just don't look down.|
|OK fine, I admit it. I'm a sucker for fast summit times.|
|Typical travel on the ridge to The Ramp|
|Looking back towards Williwaw|
Overall, it was an AWESOME alternative to the much further off Eagle, but the weather remained so nice that I almost regret my decision to forego it...
|Down down down to the powerline|
|Heading down towards Hidden Lake. I admit I drank some of this.|
|Told you I drank some of this!|
Williwaw NW Ridge Route InfoAs Bill Finley has mentioned, the rock is stable for Chugach choss. That being said - it is also very exposed and stability is a relative term. If you're not familiar with this type rock, I would travel slow and DEFINITELY bring some gear. Heck, even if you are confident and experienced in the Chugach, I would suggest gear, especially if it's wet (BTW I'm pretty stupid for not doing so). The hardest parts are avoidable, but if it gets moist, the mossy rock is not friendly. All of that aside: I highly recommend this way up Williwaw - it may be the fastest way!
60fps chest cam footage - feel that exposure!!
|The full loop. Downloadable route info below.|