Mount Persis


Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Persis & Mount Index Traverse

A classic traverse with awesome views over the Sky valley

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  • Fri, Sep 24, 2021 — Sat, Sep 25, 2021
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft


This is an adventurous scramble/climb of modest technical requirements, but requires concentration and route finding and shouldn't be underestimated!  Note for 2021 Basic Students - this trip is mainly for experienced basic graduates, and since it's not a rock or a glacier trip, it will not count for your graduation requirements.   Please have completed your required rock climb before attempting this one.  We'll make camp at Persindex Ponds around half way through the route.  

In case of access difficulty up the FS-62 road to Persis (e.g. gate closed) we'll probably convert this into a one day scramble of Mt Index via the North Fork Tolt river road.


Mount Persis

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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