From Champion w/ Northwest Ridge DescentPosted On:
2020-06-28, By: supranihilestInfo:
The ridge between Champion and 13,736 is completely dry. The flanks are pretty loose but also pretty easy. The ridge crest may be your best option, though it might be slightly more difficult, so choose between easier and looser on the flanks and harder and more solid on the crest. I descended the northwest ridge (so I didn't have to resummitÂ Champion, and to see a different part of North Fork drainage) and it's a long but easy ridge. Plenty of tundra and a fair amount of Class 2+ to Easy Class 3 scrambling on solid rock. The southern side of the ridge is lots of cliffs so it's best to just go down until you have a clear path through the willows to the creek to the west, then jump or wade the creek, continuing west until you find the trail. There's tons of marshy stuff/willows/creek crossings but I was able to keep my feet completely dry with careful route finding and jumping over the creeks - you're unlikely to find any trees or rocks to cross on.