Date: Jul 27, 2018 to Jul 30, 2018

Time: All Day

Category: Mountaineering

*Wild Women trips are welcoming and inclusive of trans and non-binary people.

Description: Come join us for an ascent of Rugged Mountain via the Walsh-Facer-Hutchinson Route. Given recent road deactivations, we will be mostly bushwalking for the approach and then camping at Nathan Col for two nights. The second day we will attempt the WFH route, descend the same, and spend a second night on Nathan Col. We will break camp early the third day, hike back to the vehicles, drive to Nomash access, then hike up and camp at the base of the Nomash slab. It will be about 1 to 2 hours hike in to the slab from where we park.  There are multiple options for sport climbing here, from the Wapiti Mainline (14 pitches mostly 5.6 to 5.8, but up to 5.11a) to the Mainline Lite (first 6 pitches of the Mainline, 5.6 to 5.8) to the Waipti Mainline with Shake n Bake finish (13 pitches, first 10 shared with Mainline, with the last 3 pitches 5.9 to 5.10a). Descent will be a mixture of rappelling and bushwhacking. Please note the bonus trip to Nomash is optional.

Organizers: Kara Aschenbrenner and Brianna Coates

Contact: Kara Aschenbrenner (

Participants: 4 maximum

Skills needed for Rugged Mountain: Comfort with bushwacking, moving on steep snow, use of ice axe, travel in crampons, moving in 4th and 5th class terrain and comfort rappelling.

Skills needed for Nomash Slab: Comfortable leading 5.8 to 5.10a outside (depending on the route you take). Recent outdoor climbing experience including at least one-multi pitch climb in the past year.

Gear Needed for Rugged Mountain: Ice axe, crampons, harness, belay/rappel device, rappel backup, personal safety (sling, PAS, or equivalent), corresponding locking biners, a helmet and overnight backpacking kit.

Additional Gear for the Nomash Slab: Quickdraws (12 per climbing team) climbing shoes, ATC-Guide belay device, Anchor building materials.