Ptarmigan Traverse: Cascade Pass to Spider Meadow
2013/07/26 to 2013/08/02
Cascade Pass, Suiattle Pass, Dome Peak, Agnes Mountain
On the north slopes of Mix-up Peak with Cascade Pass in the background.
Cache Col on the far left.
At Cache Col.
The south side of Mix-up Peak.
The summit of Magic Mountain.
On the summit of Magic.
Traversing from Magic towards Hurry-up Peak.
Lindsay on the summit of Hurry-up Peak.
We barely made it back to camp without turning our headlamps on.
Johannesburg from our camp at Kool-Aid Lake.
The steep snow slope before Red Ledges.
Mount Formidable from Arts Knoll.
The only person we met on the whole Ptarmigan Traverse was this trail runner who was going from Cascade Pass to Suiattle River Road in a day.
Middle Cascade Glacier
Yang Yang Lakes
Le Conte Mountain
On the summit of point 7004 with Mount Formidable in the background.
Our camp at Le Conte Pass.
Le Conte Mountain
Going up Le Conte Mountain
Steep scrambling on Le Conte.
On the summit of Le Conte.
Le Conte Lake
The Le Conte Glacier.
On the Le Conte Glacier.
Old Guard Peak
Scrambling up the only difficult terrain on Old Guard, the slabby ramp from the snow finger to the easy class 2 terrain.
On Old Guard with Sentinel Peak in the background.
On the way down Old Guard, we downclimbed the slabby ramp with a prusik for a backup.
Sentinel Peak and Old Guard Peak from the head of the South Cascade Glacier.
White Rock Lakes and Dome Peak.
White Rock Lakes.
We briefly dipped into the West Fork Agnes Creek valley before ascending to the Dana Glacier.
Roping up for the Dana Glacier.
The pass between the Dana Glacier and the Dome Glacier.
The pass between the Dome Glacier and the Chickamin Glacier.
The final, airy traverse before the summit of Dome Peak.
Lindsay's boot got wedged in a crack. It was difficult to get out.
The beginning of our descent onto the Chickamin Glacier. This descent was by far the most difficult part of the whole trip.
After a couple hours of slow descent down the upper Chickamin Glacier, we were still not sure if our route would get us onto the gentle slopes that we could see below us.
House-sized seracs on the Chickamin Glacier.
Glacier Peak and the Chickamin Glacier.
Gunsight Peak, with the gunsight visible on the right.
The sun is setting and we are still on the Chickamin Glacier, but we are on relatively flat ground so we are happy.
We headed for the lowest point on Stonehenge Ridge (the ridge between Gunsight and Sinister).
Sentinel Peak and Old Guard Peak.
Yana and Lindsay kick steps up Stonehenge Ridge while I go get water.
The final scramble up Stonehenge Ridge was pretty awful. But we made it and found a lovely pair of sandy, flat ledges to bivy on.
Good morning, Glacier Peak.
The SE ridge of Sinister.
Fooling around on the Garden Glacier.
The Hanging Gardens.
We got to camp early and had a lot of time to relax.
Camp in the Hanging Gardens.
The first rain of our trip.
Eating Jello pudding while it rains.
The most vivid watermelon algae ever.
Looking down at the lower two Bannock Lakes.
One of the only brushy spots on this trip.
Yana, taking a ride on a snowberg in Bannock Lake.
The outlet from the upper Bannock Lakes.
At the 7,040' col on Saddle Bow Mountain.
Saddle Bow Mountain was my favorite scramble of the trip.
On the summit of Saddle Bow Mountain.
Sitting out another evening rain storm.
Bannock Mountain over Bannock Lake.
Dome Peak over Bannock Lake.
Drying out at the 6,600' pass between Bannock Lakes and the South Fork Agnes Creek valley.
Descending into the South Fork Agnes. These are the first real trees we've seen in days. Eventually the duff forest floor got so steep that we put crampons on.
Hugging the Pacific Crest Trail.
The summit of Cloudy Peak.
A bit of crummy scrambling near the top of Cloudy.
On the summit of Cloudy Peak.
A mysterious artefact on the SE slopes of Cloudy.
Our camp near Lyman Lake, where we were kept up after sunset by a crazy doe that kept crashing through the underbrush and snorting. Later we were woken by the strange sounds of... we weren't sure what, our best guess was porcupine mating calls.
A rainy morning as we leave Lyman Lakes.
The upper Lyman Lakes.
At Spider Gap.
Looking down at Spider Meadow.
At Phelps Creek Trail Head. We are ready for our milk shakes!
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