A ski traverse through the famed Picket Range of the North Cascades National Park. Treat yourself to these pictures and sign up as long as there is space. http://www.pbase.com/nolock/pickets
Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service
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.
PICKET TRAVERSE CLOTHING• BASE LAYERo 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweighto Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pairo Ski Socks - 2 pair• MID LAYERo Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessaryo Schoeller™ type pants - soft shell• OUTERWEARo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants - may be omitted w/ Schoeller™ type pantso Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloveso Ski Gloves• INSULATIONo Down or Synthetic JacketPERSONAL GEARo Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimumo Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, rated to about 15º Fo Compression Sack - for sleeping bag o Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflatingo Headlamp - lightweight LED recommendedo Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide moutho Bowl or Cupo Utensilso Small Knifeo Sunglasses - adequate for snow travelo Goggleso Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+o Lightero Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.o Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.SKI GEARo Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemarko Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill bootso Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not requiredo Climbing Skinso Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!o Ski BrakesSAFETY GEARo Transceiver - single frequency, 457 kHz onlyo Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferredo Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not sufficeTECHNICAL GEARo Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweighto Boot Crampons – Aluminum is recommended for this tripo Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style (no padding)o 2 Locking Biners - (1) large HMS style and (1) reg. lockero 2 Non-locking Biners - any style, we recommend wire gates o 1 Cordelettes - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untiedo 1 Sewn Sling - nylon or spectra, double-lengthOPTIONAL ITEMS Remember, you will be moving with all your gear every day!! Keep it light.o Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!o Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleepo Thermos - vacuum typeo Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-rain brand waterproof notebook workso Altimeter - Suunto watch works wello Map Case - large zip-loc will sufficeo Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangleso Collapsible Water Canteen - good for storing snowmelt at campo Warm Socks - to sleep ino Foot PowderGROUP 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 Tentso Stoveso Fuelo Cooking Potso Ropeo Technical Group Gear, SAT radioo Group 1st Aid Kit
Where in the world is Newhalem? Newhalem, WA is located on the western slopes of the North Cascades along State Hwy 20. Driving time from the Seattle area is about 3 hours.
Are there places to stay in Newhalem if I get there a day early? Yes, there are reasonable accommodations nearby in Marblemount . You can stay at:
Totem Trail Motel
57627 State Route 20, Rockport - (360) 873-4535
Buffalo Run Inn
PO Box 133, 60117 State Route 20, Marblemount - (877) 828-6652
Skagit River Resort
(North Cascades Hwy, WA St Rte 20, Mile 103.5), 58468 Clark Cabin Road, Rockport - (360) 873-2250
Does PGS provide food for the trip? No, we do not provide food, but are perfectly happy to make food suggestions.
Can I buy food for the trip in Marblemount? There is a small grocery store in the local Shell Station, but it only carries basic things? The last bigger grocery store is located near Concrete, WA.
I do not have any prior ski mountaineering experience. Can I still come on the trip? If you have a goo amount of prior ski touring experience, are a very strong skier and are very fit, it should not be a problem.
Is the skiing difficult? The skiing is not difficult per say, but you will be skiing with an overnight pack in a big variety of snow conditions. Solid skiing ability will make it much more enjoyable. We do not recommend this being your first ski outing with a big pack.