McMillan Spire/West Ridge


Basic Alpine Climb - McMillan Spire/West Ridge

A very strenuous Basic Alpine Climb in the remote Southern Pickets with 9000 feet of elevation gain. Permit acquired! Participants will share in the cost of the permit.

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  • Fri, Jul 20, 2018 — Sun, Jul 22, 2018
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Strenuous 5, Technical 2, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 19.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 9,800 ft

TBA in pre-trip planning email. Very early AM in the north end of Seattle likely.

Climb is initially reserved for members of the Agosta/Starlin SIG and supporting instructors. If spots are available, others can inquire for permission after July 1st.

North Cascades Permit Reservation received 4/17/18 for group size 6:

07/20/2018-- trailhead Goodell Creek-SR 20
07/20/2018-- overnight Terror Basin Cross Country Zone II
07/21/2018-- overnight Terror Basin Cross Country Zone II
07/22/2018 -- trailhead Goodell Creek-SR 20

McMillan Spire/West Ridge

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    USGS Mt Challenger

    USGS Mt Triumph

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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