Husbands/Wives Team Up For Alpine Objectives
Mountain Madness guides Marc and Sondra Ripperger teamed up to tackle a few alpine objectives in Washington Pass, Leavenworth and the Enchantments with a married couple from Portland, Kori and Dan. This great couples getaway was a perfect way for Kori and Dan to spend a vacation together and work on their own personal climbing goals in a beautiful North Cascade setting.
On Day 1, the ladies ventured up 6 pitches of the beautiful Southwest Rib of South Early Winter Spire, overlooking the northern end of the Cascades. Marc and Dan trailed behind their ladies as they cruised up the route.
Sondra and Kori cruising at the top of South Early Winter Spire. Marc Ripperger photo
Sondra and Kori spent Day 2 in the sun working on a variety of granite crack climbing techniques. The guys forged off into the alpine trekking over 5 miles into the Enchantments above the town of Leavenworth. Marc and Dan then began their ascent up the massive Serpentine Ridge of Dragontail Peak. With over 2,000 feet of vertical climbing, the guys summitted Dragontail Peak and then descended the 7 miles back to the trailhead in one long day of climbing. They were happy to see their ladies and be back at camp late that evening.
Dan looking cool high up on the Serpentine Ridge. Marc Ripperger photo
Kori getting through the 5.8 section of the Southwest Rib. Marc Ripperger photo
Day 3 found Sondra and Kori starting early and climbing the 4 pitches up the 300 foot R&D route to the top of Icicle Buttress. The guys slept late, made omeletes and relaxed that morning. Before returning back home, the four enjoyed lunch in Leavenworth together and conversed about the several days of great rock climbing. Custom trips with Mountain Madness can be tailored to every type of climber with a variety of interests, whether on snow, ice or rock.
Marc and Dan showing off for the ladies. Marc Ripperger photo
Sondra and Kori finishing up the R&D route in Leavenworth. Marc Ripperger photo