Ptarmigan Traverse


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Ptarmigan Traverse

Volunteer appreciation climb for Foothills Climbing

  • Wed, Jul 5, 2023 — Sun, Jul 16, 2023
  • Foothills Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Intermediate Mountaineering Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 35.0 mi

Any number of days within this range

This is a volunteer appreciation climb for volunteers of Foothills Climbing. Participants must meet the following requirements

  • Volunteered at a minimum of 1 basic course field trips for Foothills
  • Volunteered at a minimum of 1 basic lectures/practices for Foothills
  • Volunteered at least 80 hours between January and June 2023 with Foothills Climbing.
  • Completed Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue (through 2-person rescue scenarios) preferred
  • Be confident on 3rd and 4th class scrambling
  • Be physically fit - enough for up to 8 days of climbing with heavy packs

If you do not meet these requirements, your request will be ignored.


Ptarmigan Traverse

  • USGS Dome Peak

    USGS Downey Mtn

    USGS Cascade Pass

    Green Trails North Cascades Ross Lake No. 16SX

    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 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
  • up to 10 days worth of food
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