Stutfield NE2

May 8, 2015

3390m

Columbia Icefield, AB

Stutfield NE2, also known as East Stutfield is the unofficial name of a sub-peak of Stutfield Peak’s main summit. It itself is not an interesting objective but listed as a separate 11,000er in Bill Corbett’s The 11,000ers book, hence it’s on my hit-list if I’m in that area. Like its neighbours, the biggest challenge is to get the weather as well as the long approach on skis. Obviously I wouldn’t come all the way to the Northern end of Columbia Icefield just to ascend Stutfield NE. Kevin, Ben and I did it as the 3rd objective of a grand slam aiming to bag all the peaks in that general area. Earlier in the day we successfully ascended Stutfield Peak and then Mount Cromwell.

From our earlier observations it looked like we could just ascend straight up the NW Ridge from Stutfield NE/Cromwell col, but after briefly reconsidering we decided to take the normal route. While the direct line would bring us to the summit faster we suspected the snowpack being thin hiding some crevasses and/or bare glacial ice. For the normal route we had to firstly re-ascend to Stut/Stut NE col following our tracks. From near the col Kevin took over the lead and then it’s simply putting one foot in front of another, until reaching the apex of my 22nd 11,000er.

Ben re-ascending to Stut/Stut NE col following our tracks

Ben re-ascending to Stut/Stut NE col following our tracks

Kevin with Stutfield Peak behind

Kevin with Stutfield Peak behind

Partway up Stut NE, looking back towards our tracks on Stutfield

Partway up Stut NE, looking back towards our tracks on Stutfield

Panorama view from the summit of Stutfield NE2, click to view large size.

Panorama view from the summit of Stutfield NE2, click to view large size.

Woolley and Diadem brought back some great memories from last year

Woolley and Diadem brought back some great memories from last year

Warren and Brazeau in the front ranges

Warren and Brazeau in the front ranges

Mt. Clemenceau is always the majesty

Mt. Clemenceau is always the majesty

Me on the summit of Stutfield NE2

Me on the summit of Stutfield NE2

Now we still had a long way to go back to camp. Skiing down the west slopes of Stutfield NE was fast and fun, but re-ascending the main summit of Stutfield Peak following our skin tracks was not so much. It was a tiring game knowing we had to go all the way back to its summit. Descending Stutfield Peak was fast and fun again, but re-ascending back to camp was not so much again… There was just so much up-and-downs and needless to say, it’s more than just a bit frustrating, especially considering the grand plan we had for the following day. But we did make back to camp at a reasonable time after spending 13 hours on skis.

Ben skiing down Stutfield NE2, with Mt. Alberta in the background

Ben skiing down Stutfield NE2, with Mt. Alberta in the background

Re-ascending Stutfield Peak

Re-ascending Stutfield Peak

Looking back towards our objective and Kevin

Looking back towards our objective and Kevin

Panorama view from partway up Stutfield Peak. Click to view large size.

Panorama view from partway up Stutfield Peak. Click to view large size.

More elevation re-gain. This part was steep...

More elevation re-gain. This part was steep…

Gorgeous afternoon view towards Kitchener and the Highway

Gorgeous afternoon view towards Kitchener and the Highway

Back up Stutfield Peak now

Back up Stutfield Peak now

Panorama of Columbia Icefield from Stutfield Peak. Click to view large size.

Panorama of Columbia Icefield from Stutfield Peak. Click to view large size.

Skiing down the steep roll on Stutfield

Skiing down the steep roll on Stutfield

North Twin and Twins Tower from Stutfield Col

North Twin and Twins Tower from Stutfield Col

Re-ascending back to camp, looking back

Re-ascending back to camp, looking back

The rounded hump of Snow Dome - that is a fat mountain...

The rounded hump of Snow Dome – that is a fat mountain…

Stutfield NE2 from our camp

Stutfield NE2 from our camp

Mt. Bryce and evening colours

Mt. Bryce and evening colours

The mighty C on evening glow

The mighty C on evening glow

Forbes, Lyells and Alexandra on glow, with Castleguard in front. The CSMC camp is also visible

Forbes, Lyells and Alexandra on glow, with Castleguard in front. The CSMC camp is also visible

The sunset views were exceptionally good. After the regular “camping stuffs” sleep came in easily and we were all getting psyched for what’s going to happen the next day – South Twin, West Twin, North Twin and Twins Tower!!

 

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