Corteo had been on my list for a few years, and I finally got around to climbing it last weekend. Liz & myself met Neil at Mazama & drove to the TH Saturday night. Our plan was an early start hoping to tie in Black Peak w/ Corteo. Of course we slept in a bit and didn't get started up the trail until 8:00. We made it to Heather Pass in a short bit thinking about the SW ridge route, but decided to continue up the trail toward Maple Pass.
Black Pk & Lewis Lake
Corteo's east face
Was surprised to find a faint climbers path leading toward Horsefly Pass and into the talus basin.
near Horsefly Pass
The route traverses the boulders to an obvious bench leading to the east ridge. Scramble the ridge on easy class 2/3 until it becomes much harder. From there traverse a couple hundred yards on a easy but slightly exposed ledge system to the east face.
Neil and Rainy Pk
traversed to the east face at this point
scrambling on the ridge
The route is obvious at this point. Continue on some fun class 3 terrain to a notch near the summit.
typical scrambling to the notch
looking down the east face
From here it was a couple more hundred feet up to the top. What a freaking awesome view! Spent 90 minutes up there enjoying summit beers, pizza, and naps.
Tower, Golden Horn, & Silverstar
Goode & Logan
Sweet view of Goode
Looking down at Maple Pass
Goode & Logan
Looking back at Maple Pass
Rainy Pk pano
Looking back down at the SW ridge route I am very glad we did not go that way. Looks like a loose descent / ascent from the notch above Lewis glacier. We retraced our route down eventually reaching the crowds of the Heather/Maple loop.
Reached the cars at 6 and enjoyed some tachos down at The Old Schoolhouse. 10 miles w/ 4,000' gained. Another great day in the mountains!!!
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