Newhalem, United States
Trinity, United States
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Primary Activities: Mountain Climbing
Other Activities:Hiking, Glaciers, Camping
Activity Level:Intermediate, Basic
National Geographic Adventure lists Mountain Madness' Ptarmigan Traverse as one of the World's Best New Adventures for 2007!
Not to be confused with our spring ski trip, this
majestic summer alpine traverse, considered the best in the Cascade
Range, is the oldest and most famous high route in the Pacific
Northwest. It epitomizes remoteness, wildness, and alpine adventure. The
beauty of this area – especially the central portion and the White Rock
Lakes area – is beyond words.
Four members of the Ptarmigan Climbing Club made
the first crossing of this route in July 1938. For thirteen days, Calder
Bressler, Bill Cox, Ray Clough and Tom Myers pioneered the entire route
from Dome Peak to Cascade Pass and made many first ascents. Their route
covered the Cascade Crest from Cascade Pass to a valley just north of
Glacier Peak, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area. They climbed an
incredible number of peaks along the way – in fast and light alpine
style – and it is a widely held belief that their exact itinerary has
never been repeated, especially taking into account the peaks climbed in
the northern section of the traverse.
For climbers this trip offers numerous summit
opportunities, all in an incredible wilderness setting. Ascents of Magic
and Mix Up, La Conte and Sentinel, Spire and Dome, are just a few of
the climbs possible on this trip. The Ptarmigan Traverse is simply a
must-do for any lover of mountain travel.
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