Ptarmigan Traverse: Cascade Pass to Spider Meadow
2013/07/26 to 2013/08/02
Dome Peak, Cascade Pass, Suiattle Pass, 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.