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Ptarmigan Tunnel to Ahern Pass Goat Trail, #3

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Ptarmigan Tunnel to Ahern Pass Goat Trail, #3
The last of the three pictures of the actual goat trail. This trail is absolutely amazing—during parts of it the concentration level matches that of a technical climb! But boy, is it worth the effort! Photo by Vernon, July 20, 2005.


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Gangolf HaubSick!

Gangolf Haub

Voted 10/10

This doesn't look like good rock quality
Posted Mar 13, 2006 10:58 am



Voted 10/10

Striking path!
Posted Apr 3, 2006 8:55 am

munroitisCracking location


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That traverse really appeals. Where within the park is it? Although I'm over In December I'll have to leave this until another trip in the summer. Amazing.
Posted May 25, 2006 7:46 am

mvsReminds me of the Dolomites


Voted 10/10

That could be on Tofana or in the Brenta. Amazing secret path there!
Posted Jul 23, 2006 8:29 pm

jhp1004Re: Reminds me of the Dolomites

Voted 10/10

You are quite right!
Posted Sep 27, 2006 2:11 pm



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Dear.. What kind of rock in this pic? First i have not see the people. Then... amazing they are walking..
Posted Oct 15, 2006 8:25 am

Bob BoltonHope the Mt. Cleveland ledge...

Bob Bolton

Voted 10/10

... isn't quite this scary! Call me a wimp!
Posted Jan 11, 2007 1:13 am

Bob BoltonRe: Hope the Mt. Cleveland ledge...

Bob Bolton

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It wasn't!
Posted Dec 8, 2008 11:29 pm



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I get dizzy just looking at this!
Posted Jan 14, 2007 3:28 pm



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gosch!! Paolo
Posted Mar 22, 2007 9:44 pm



Voted 10/10

my hand are getting tingly just looking at this photo
Posted Aug 21, 2007 3:01 pm

samhAn Amazing Journey


Voted 10/10

I got beta on this route from my friend and co-worker Kyle Sharfe (who's dad, local legend Don Sharfe owns Rock Mountain Outfitters in Kalispel, MT). I had climbed Gould the day before and was looking for an exciting route from the Granite Park area down to Swiftcurrent on my weekend off from work on the Middle Fork Trail Crew. Kyle was working on the Granite Trail Crew and he suggested the Ptarmigan Route. I borrowed Edward's book from the staff at Granite Park Chalet, jotted some notes on a piece of paper and headed off. It was the most terrifying route I've ever been on and look forward to the day I can do it again.
Posted Nov 19, 2007 3:18 pm

Big BennMy vertigo

Big Benn

Voted 10/10

My vertigo has kicked in very badly just looking at that. Gonna have to find an image of a flat desert landscape to look at now. Damn good photo though.
Posted Mar 24, 2010 5:22 am

gimpilatorCount me out


Voted 10/10

I can handle that much exposure for a short while but not a long stretch like this. Awesome photo!
Posted Mar 29, 2010 3:27 pm



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Knowing the rock quality of Glacier, this image makes me quiver. Good stuff.
Posted Aug 23, 2010 5:28 pm

SaintgrizzlyRe: Yikes


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Thanks for the comment, Mike. J. Gordon Edwards, author of "A Climber's Guide to Glacier National Park," and an individual knowing a LOT about mountains (and mountainous areas) in general, called the Ptarmigan Tunnel to Ahern Pass Goat Trail, the "greatest 12 miles on the North American Continent." After doing the thing, I'm inclined to take that as fact, and not just opinion. If you ever have the chance...it's an absolutely unforgettable day!
Posted Aug 23, 2010 8:25 pm



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my palms are sweating looking
Posted Jan 30, 2013 8:58 pm

ManyGlacierMountaineerBest route ever


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I have done this goat trail twice and plan on using it again. One of the best adventures one can undertake in all of Glacier. In 2010 I did this solo and descended via Iceberg Notch. In 2012, I did it with two others and climbed Iceberg Peak, then descended down Iceberg Notch. It is truly a marvel of goat engineering!!!
Posted Mar 21, 2013 6:58 pm


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what happens if you meet up with a goat coming the other way?
Posted Jul 10, 2013 11:12 am

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