Inspiration-McAllister-Klawatti Ice Cap Traverse


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Inspiration-McAllister-Klawatti Ice Cap Traverse

Traverse it or Go Up, around and Back the same way.

  • Fri, Jul 2, 2021 — Mon, Jul 5, 2021
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Intermediate Mountaineering Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft

To be provided.

Please request permission. I'm adding to the waitlist. You must be in great condition, and be ready to spend several days at high altitude, carry a heavy weight, and have the skills to manage glaciers, scrambling, and technical rock terrain.  I plan to traverse from north to south (Thunder creek to Eldorado creek).  We'll need extra car(s) for shuttling and I plan to squeeze it into four days. Plans are still being worked on.  It is dependent on permitting the day before the trip as there is noo advance permitting for Klawatti Zone. This is definitely weather dependent, as I wish to enjoy the amazing scenery, not just climb stuff. It must be like 75% good forecast. The weather might not clarify until just before the trip, so have alternate plans for this three day weekend. I really hope it can go this year.


Inspiration-McAllister-Klawatti Ice Cap Traverse

  • USGS Eldorado Peak

    USGS Forbidden Peak

    USGS Cascade Pass

    USGS Sonny Boy Lakes

    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 sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped locking 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
  • Cordellete
  • Picket or other relevant protection
  • Extra webbing or cord
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