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    TR: Ptarmigan Traverse.. Cascadia glaciers stoke..

    End of July, I and 2 others completed the Ptarmigan Traverse.. Many here will know what it is.. For those who don't it starts at the Cascade Pass trailhead.. once Cascade Pass is reached your way leaves the maintained trail system and weaves its way south up and over multiple glaciers contouring numerous cirques via rock, heather, snow, some trail and eventually dumps you out into Bachelor Creek drainage where one gets to bushwack thru dead fall, avy debrit, slide alder and overgrown vegetation while trying to navigate a trail that has been unmaintained for decades... and as if that's not bad enough, you get to walk the last 9 miles out on a FS road that's been closed due to numerous washouts... but it's all very worth it..

    Approaching Cascade Pass.. with the initial traverse beneath Mix Up Pk over rock, glacial till and snow just above the Pass

    The Triad, Eldorado, Torment, Sahale Pks and Rip Saw Ridge across the valley above Cascade Pass

    Now up the Cache glacier to Cache Col

    The route ahead from Cache Col.. Hurry Up Pk, Spider Mtn and Mt Formidable with the Middle Cascade glacier wedged between.. We'll overnite beneath Hurry Up at Kool Aid Lake

    The Rock buttress to cross via snow ramp and the Redledges the next morning

    Look back at our descent from Cache Col via the snow fields

    camp




    Sunrise on Formidable

    After crossing the Redledges our sites were set on the Middle Cascade glacier

    Looking back down MC valley and our route from Cache col

    Looking up MC glacier

    At the neve of MC glacier looking thru Spider Formidable col.. at Le Conte glacier topped by Old Guard and Sentinel.. We'll be going up to Sentinel

    Descend steep snow ramp from S-F col and contour around Flat Cr cirque to Yang Yang lakes



    On right is Le Conte Pk, which the next day we will traverse up to and and past on our way to LC glacier after ascending the thin snow ramp below LC pk to gain the ridge..



    Formidable, the snow ramp from SF col, Spider

    Yang Yang lakes



    The ridge up to LC pk and glacier.. snow ramp on right



    From the top.. Flat Cr cirque

    Halfway up LC glacier this little snow bridge saved us a long traverse around

    A top LC glacier the view was the South Cascade glacier with Lizard Pass just visible on left

    Looking down SC valley.. Baker & Shuksan in distance.. LC Pk on right

    Long traverse to Lizard Pass.. seen above the small snow patch.. with the Dana glacier above it

    Looking from LP.. Sinister Pk, Chinkamin glacier (Dome pk peaking from behind), the Elephant Head, Overdrive & Dynaflow pks massive, Dana glacier, One Eye Bull massive, Dana glacier, Spire Pks.. White Rock Lakes below
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    From Lizard Pass we descended steep snow and rock/till to get to camp


    Alpenglow on Gunsight


    sunrise

    Dana glacier seracs

    West Fork Agnes Cr

    After climbing the Dana glacier..

    We topped out to views of Glacier Pk, Rainier and other various pks


    After descending 200' of steep rock, we had easy snowfields to plunge step down to Itswoot Ridge

    A peak at frozen Cub lake below.. our camp for the nite after a steep descent over wet/mossy slippery slabs and heather

    From Cub looking back up at our descent

    Cub Lk.. our route out was up the clearing and over the ridge into Bachelor Cr drainage..

    One last look at Glacier Pk

    and into the inevitable bushwack

    Once out it was another 19 miles of trail and road to get to the reward

    Last edited by BaNosser; 08-11-2014 at 03:32 AM.
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    Great photos. I hope you guys had a great time doing that.
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    Awesome.

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    wow. stunning. did you happen to see another soul the whole trip?

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    Well, that's a mighty scenic place. What was the total mileage? How many nights were you out?
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    Good stuff! Route looks in great shape. And some nice pics of your bud's new McHale pack. Looks like you did the classic camps, i.e., Kool Aid, Yang Yang, White Rocks? I have a pic on the refrigerator of us going up a fallen crevasse on the right side of the LeConte glacier in 2001. Kinda looks like the same one, but could it be after 13 years? Did you take a side trip to tag Dome Peak?

    It's gonna be a shit show up there after they fix the road.

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    Really cool/beautiful pics - nice work. Looks like you guys had a good trip!

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    Way to do the local adventure!!

    looks like you hit it just right for nice weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcreek View Post
    wow. stunning. did you happen to see another soul the whole trip?
    Yah.. we camped with 2 other groups of 2 at KAL, YYL & WRL.. but really only at WRL are you even close.. and it was great as we all BS'd about the trip, the Pickets, and used a group effort to fend off the super aggressive marmots who constantly tried to steal or eat or sweat soaked clothes.. One guy left his gear for about 10 min and had about 1/2" off the tongue of one boot eaten off.. socks, pack harness, even hydration sleeves(?).. It was a very clean camp that night.. We also passed a couple different parties heading back north after doing out and backs to YYL.. That weather window.. end of July.. I expected to see more..

    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    Well, that's a mighty scenic place. What was the total mileage? How many nights were you out?
    We were out 5 nights.. My GPS said we traveled 55.6 miles.. the last 2 days after climbing out of Cub Lk, down Bachelor and Downey Cr drainages on 'trail' (except for 1/2 mi bushwhack), and the closed FS road was about 25 mi

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Steve View Post
    Good stuff! Route looks in great shape. And some nice pics of your bud's new McHale pack. Looks like you did the classic camps, i.e., Kool Aid, Yang Yang, White Rocks? I have a pic on the refrigerator of us going up a fallen crevasse on the right side of the LeConte glacier in 2001. Kinda looks like the same one, but could it be after 13 years? Did you take a side trip to tag Dome Peak?

    It's gonna be a shit show up there after they fix the road.
    Route was in great shape.. Could have used a bit more snow to make some of the traverse over rock more pleasant but all in all was great.. ramp down from SF col was steep but good soft snow to kick steps on the down.. snow in the gully up to LeConte ridge was also in perfect shape and took us all the way to the top.. all the glaciers were in good shape.. We had tentatively planned on camping at Art's Knoll, and at the tarns on the ridge beneath LeConte Pk.. but once we hit KAL & YYL we were more than happy to drop packs.. We did not have the extra day to go for Dome.. but both the other parties were going to...

    While I didn't really dig walking the 9 mi out the Suiattle Rd.. I suppose once the road and bridge are repaired Downey Cr and the camps above will be crawling with people.. Those who mtb up the Suiattle to bike camp in solitude are bummin' fer sure..

    Great great trip..
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    Those are some pretty good looking campsites! Great TR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Steve View Post
    And some nice pics of your bud's new McHale pack.
    Almost forgot.. We meant to get this shot at WRL.. but forgot.. so we took it at Cub
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    'To quote my bro
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    cool photos, looks like a nice trip.

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    great journey young fellas, way to see the less civilized places in WA.
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    Sweet TR, thanks.
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    You have given us all great power. Excellent details. Lizard pass. Baller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaNosser View Post
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    FKNA! When you said you were going to hit the Ptarmigan Traverse, I thought it was in Glacier Park.

    Good stuff!

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    Thats FKNA man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by splat View Post
    FKNA! When you said you were going to hit the Ptarmigan Traverse, I thought it was in Glacier Park.

    Good stuff!
    Yah.. Shit.. bummed I missed ya mang.. owe ya a beer or three.. lemme know when you're heading up here again
    'To quote my bro
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    Right on, looks great up there. Nice pics!

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    Great TR! Thank you for posting that.

    I just got out a map and planned a local hike with my kids after seeing those pics.

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