CASSIN RIDGE, DENALI, ALASKA, SOLO

Climbing - - ASCENDANT - —JEFF CHAP­MAN

Along with the Moose’s Tooth and Moon­flower But­tress, Stump’s record- set­ting solo up the ul­tra-clas­sic Cassin Ridge capped a trio of fu­tur­is­tic Alaskan feats.

He started at the 14,200- foot camp on the West But­tress, de­scended the West Rib to the base of the

Cassin Ridge, and then climbed the 10,000foot route in a storm, pass­ing sev­eral par­ties who were dig­ging in to bivouac and de­clin­ing their of­fers of shel­ter. He re­turned to his camp on the West But­tress just 27.5 hours af­ter start­ing out, smash­ing the pre­vi­ous speed record.

Stump con­sid­ered this climb a par­a­digm- shift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence: “The Cassin wasn’t the ul­ti­mate,” he told Michael Kennedy. “What it re­ally did was to open my mind to lots of other pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

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