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PostThu Aug 22, 2019 7:35 pm 
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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.
Heather Pass
Heather Pass
Lake Ann
Lake Ann
trail scene
trail scene
Black Pk & Lewis Lake
Black Pk & Lewis Lake
Corteo's east face
Corteo's east face

Was surprised to find a faint climbers path leading toward Horsefly Pass and into the talus basin.
near Horsefly Pass
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
Neil and Rainy Pk
Liz scrambling
Liz scrambling
traversed to the east face at this point
traversed to the east face at this point
scrambling on the ridge
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
typical scrambling to the notch
looking down the east face
looking down the east face
the notch
the notch

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.
summit nap
summit nap
North Cascades
North Cascades
Tower, Golden Horn, & Silverstar
Tower, Golden Horn, & Silverstar
Goode & Logan
Goode & Logan
Sweet view of Goode
Sweet view of Goode
Looking down at Maple Pass
Looking down at Maple Pass
Black Peak
Black Peak
summit pano
summit pano
Goode & Logan
Goode & Logan
Looking back at Maple Pass
Looking back at Maple Pass
Rainy Pk pano
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.
Maple Pass
Maple Pass

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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PostThu Aug 22, 2019 9:38 pm 
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Nice photos! Brings back memories of when I did the Maple Pass Loop with a friend several years ago.

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PostThu Aug 22, 2019 10:48 pm 
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Looks like I missed out on a good one.  Maybe next year you can repeat it and get me up there.

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PostSat Aug 31, 2019 9:13 pm 
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I've wanted to climb that ever since walking past it to Black many years ago. Maybe someday. Thanks for the report. It looks like a fun scramble.

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PostSun Sep 01, 2019 4:24 pm 
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Jake R and I just did this today. Lots of time in the no fall zone on this peak!
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PostSun Sep 01, 2019 5:59 pm 
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Yeah. More serious than expected for sure. Ball bearing over slab, not my favorite!

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PostSun Sep 01, 2019 6:43 pm 
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Nice work Fletcher and Jake.  Was looking at you from Crater, Trappers, and X this weekend.

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