Vitaliy M. wrote:EB, how much elevation gain does Ptarmigan ridge have (approximately)?
'That depends. If you start at Mowich lake and approach via spray park, like 9,000 ft. However, by the time Mowich Lake road is opened (August some years) Ptarmigan Ridge will be very out of shape - essentially a vertical bowling alley. If you attempt it early season when you have a hope of good conditions you have to start at the gate at Paul Peak which adds a couple thousand feet and 5.5 miles. And you have to decide how to descend and most likely shuttle a car. If you approach via White River (allows an easy peasy descent down the Emmons, no car shutttle) you can figure on 12,000 ft + since you basically make the approach for Lib Ridge but from the 10k bivi on PR, you have to drop almost 1000 ft to start the route proper.
If you come this way to attempt PR, I'd be interested in going with you. I have a score to settle with that route