The Pickets Traverse

This sub-range of the North Cascades is considered the most rugged terrain in the lower 48. A traverse through the Picket Range is a true adventure.

July 16, 2018 - July 21, 2018

$1,300.00
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: 3:1,4:2
This sub-range of the North Cascades is considered the most rugged terrain in the lower 48. Local mountaineers talk about the Pickets Range, but very few ever really go there. It is truly one of the remaining alpine mountain wildlands in our country. Be prepared for strenuous days in exposed terrain. The traverse consists mostly of light mountaineering, but the participants should be in excellent physical shape. We are guiding this wild traverse in a north to south direction from Hannegan Pass to New Halem.
Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1:
We will meet at the Ranger Station in Glacier, WA and conduct a final gear check before proceeding to the Hannegan Pass trailhead. The goal of the first day is to make it over Hannegan Pass and on to Easy Ridge.
Day 2:
We will proceed on to Mount Challenger via Perfect Pass and camp near the southeastern edge of the Challenger Glacier.
Day 3:
We should be in perfect position to descend down to Luna Cirque and climb up to Luna Lake.
Day 4:
The summit of Luna Peak should be in good striking distance. We will camp at the Luna – Fury col.
Day 5:
Another big day; From the Luna – Fury Col we will have to drop down into the McMillan Cirque and then climb back out of it to the Stetattle Ridge.
Day 6:
We will be travelling on the Stetattle Ridge all the way until we hit the Sourdough Lake trail.
It cannot be overemphasized that excellent physical fitness is a must for this North Cascadian Adventure. The days will be long and strenuous, but it will all be worth it.

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FAQ’S:
WHERE WILL WE BE CLIMBING?
WE WILL BE CIMBING IN THE NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK EAST OF MOUNT SHUKSAN IN THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN PICKETS RANGE. T
HOW MUCH PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED?
SOME PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE AND EXCELLENT PHYSICAL CONDITION IS A MUST FOR THIS WEEK.
 CAN I USE THIS GUIDED WEEK AS A PREP WEEK FOR HARDER CLIMBS IN THE ALPS?
YES, IT IS PERFECT FOR THAT. 
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. WE WILL BE MOVING WITH ALL OUR GEAR EVERY DAY, SO A LIGHT  PACK IS ESSENTIAL. 
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.
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 - 50 to 60 cm length, keep it light.
o            Crampons - 10 or 12 point steel, pre-fit to boots. Some aluminum crampons are ok, please consult with us.
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)
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
 
 
 
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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.