CASSIN RIDGE, DENALI, ALASKA, SOLO
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.”