McMillan Spire/West Ridge

Trip

Basic Alpine Climb - McMillan Spire/West Ridge

As the route description describes, this is a strenuous approach yet the rewards are high. Only for the very fit that are comfortable with a 6000' approach day. Am scheduling this for 3 days, but there is a chance if we get back to camp earlier enough from the summit and the energy level is high we could head down on day 2. But if the weather is grand we could easily hang out in camp and savor the view, then head down on day 3. Plan for 3 days....

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  • Sat, Jul 1, 2017 — Mon, Jul 3, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Strenuous 5, Technical 2, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,600 ft

Details will be provided once we get closer.

Route/Place

McMillan Spire/West Ridge



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    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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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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