Mugs Stump’s Climbs: A Timeline
In January, made a winter ascent ( with three bivouacs) of Mescalito ( VI 5.10 A3) on El Capitan, with Conrad Anker. Very rapid solo ascent of Cassin Ridge on Denali, Alaska— 27.5 hours round- trip from a camp at 14,200 feet on the West Buttress ( 15 hours to climb the route itself).
First winter ascent of the Hallucinogen Wall ( VI 5.11 A5), Black Canyon, with John Middendorf. On May 21, Mugs died in a crevasse fall while descending the South Buttress of Denali.
First ascent of the
Streaked Wall ( VI 5.11 A4+) in Zion National Park, with Conrad Anker. Attempted the East Buttress of Mount Johnson, Alaska, with Renny Jackson. This was Mugs’s third try; his and others’ previous attempts had stopped at the tenth pitch, but with Jackson he found a way past via 5.10+ face climbing. The pair climbed 33 pitches with three bivouacs before retreating due to rotten rock.