North Cascades Ridge Traverses

This week is designed for the seasoned mountaineer who is interested in climbing several North Cascade classic peaks back to back.

August 7, 2017 - August 12, 2017

$1,225.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Prior mounaineering experience required;
One should have glacier travel experience, solid cramponing and rock climbing skills up to 5.6 YDS. Continuous movement in exposed terrain should not be a problem. Elementary rope handling skills such as tying in, rappelling and belaying are required.

Excellent physical fitness;
you should be able to hike or climb for more than six hours with a pack varying from 20 to 40 pounds and ascend 4,000 to 5,000 feet of vertical gain per day for up to a week.

  • Category: Alpine
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 2:1,4:2
This mountaineering week in the North Cascades is designed for the seasoned mountaineer. Our client to guide ratio is small (2 to 1), and this enables us to climb several of the classic peaks in the Park in one week. The itinerary for this trip is kept flexible in order to accommodate the different objectives of clients. Substantial prior mountaineering experience is necessary so we can tackle some of the beautiful routes that our favorite National Park has to offer.
Due to the nature of this trip we don’t create a day-by-day itinerary We discuss this on a per person basis with guests who are interested. Please see below for a short list of suggestions out of a very long list of possible objectives. This is essentially a custom program and will be tailored to the needs of the person who first signs up. 
Route suggestions:
Mount Baker North Ridge
Forbidden Peak West Ridge
Forbidden North West Buttress
Torment – Forbidden Traverse
Forbidden Peak North Ridge
Formidable North Ridge
Mount Johannesburg1963 Route
Mount Goode NE Buttress
Mount Triumph
El Dorado West Ridge
Goode North East Buttress
And much more…..

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The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.


NORTH CASCADES  RIDGE TRAVERSES
EQUIPMENT LIST AND FAQ’S
FAQ’S:
WHERE WILL WE BE CLIMBING?
WE WILL BE CIMBING IN THE NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK OR IN THE MOUNT BAKER WILDERNESS. ACCESS ROADS TO THE VARIOUS TRAILHEADS ARE QUITE DIVERSE AND WILL BE COMMUNICATED WITH YOU ONCE THE CLIMBING OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED.
HOW MUCH PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED?
GUIDED TRIPS LIKE THE NORTH CASCADES NORTH FACE WEEK, BAKER NORTH RIDGE, AND THE CLASSIC RIDGE TRAVERSE WEEK REQUIRE PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE.
 CAN I USE THIS GUIDED WEEK AS A PREP WEEK FOR HARDER CLIMBS IN THE ALPS?
YES, IT IS PERFECT FOR THAT AND SOME OF THE CLIMBS ARE JUST AS HARD AS THE ALPS CLIMBING OBJECTIVES.
DOES PGS PROVIDE THE FOOD?
NO, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN FOOD.  WE ARE GLAD TO HELP WITH FOOD SUGGESTIONS THOUGH.
HOW BIG OR RATHER HOW SMALL SHOULD MY PACK BE?
TRY TO FIT YOUR GEAR INTO A 50 LITER PACK. IF THE WEEK IS CONDUCTED OUT OF AN ESTABLISHED BASECAMP, YOU COULD CONSIDER A BIGGER PACK ALONG WITH A SUMMIT PACK.  
 EQUIPMENT LIST
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS EQUIPMENT LIST IS GENERIC AND MIGHT HAVE TO BE MODIFIED DEPENDING ON THE TECHNICAL NATURE OF THE TRIP.
 SEE BELOW:
CLOTHING
•            BASE  LAYER
o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            Non-Cotton Underwear
o            1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pair
o            Socks - 2 pair
•            MID LAYER
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece Jacket - only one of these is necessary
o            Soft Shell type pants
•            OUTERWEAR
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants - may be omitted w/ soft shell type pants
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Gloves - wind block or fleece/wool type
o            Warm Gloves
o            Gaiters - low top or full size
•            INSULATION
o            Down or Synthetic Jacket
PERSONAL GEAR 
o            Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimum
o            Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 20 deg. F. minimum
o            Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflating
o            Mountaineering Boots - leather or synthetic, crampon compatible
o            Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended w/ extra batteries
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
o            Water Purification - tablets or filter
o            Bowl or Cup
o            Utensils
o            Small Knife
o            Glacier Glasses
o            Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o            Lighter or Matches
o            Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.
o            Small Personal 1st Aid Kit - blister repair, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
TECHNICAL GEAR
o            Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length
o            Crampons - 10 or 12 point steel, pre-fit to boots
o            Anti-ball plates - for crampons
o            Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved only
o            Climbing Harness - mountaineering style (e.g. B.D. Alpine Bod)
o            Locking Biners (2) - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker
o            Non-locking Biners (4) - any style, we prefer wire gate type
o            Cordelettes (2) - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untied
o            Sewn Slings (2) - 1 single length (60 cm), 1 double length (120 cm)
o            Ice Screws (2) - 13-17 cm length
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate
o            Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approach/crevasse navigation
o            Camera - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!
o            Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep
o            Thermos - vacuum type
o            Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works
o            Ropeman or Tibloc - used in the crevasse rescue system
o            Compass - adjustable declination required
o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o            Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice
o            Collapsible Water Canteen -  good for storing snowmelt at camp
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS *Please contact the guiding office if you prefer to bring your own gear in place of any of our group gear.
o            Tents
o            Stoves
o            Fuel
o            Cooking Pots
o            Ropes
o            Technical Gear such as elaborate crevasse rescue kit and trad gear.
o            Group 1st Aid Kit
o            VHF radio or Satellite phone
 
 
 
Pro Ski Service Logo

Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental.


Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.