Completed the traverse, but failed to tag Old Guard and Dome as planned. Two afternoons of beautiful weather, but every morning we packed up in the rain.
First alpine mountaineering I've ever done, quite a challenge, but also rewarding!
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Good camps. Great views and a bit of challenge route finding. Perfect weather entire trip.
Wow! This beat my expectations, and they were pretty high to being with. I am so happy I've had years of training to help me out on this adventure. If you live in Washington and are into big adventure, this is a must go! The scenery was incredible, the climb will fill your adventure thirst, and have you left with a experience you will not soon forget.
We climbed le Conte and Lizard mts, both fun scrambles. Cold and drizzly the first few days, then partly cloudy the rest of the time. The glaciers are in good shape, although the le Conte glacier was getting a bit hard to weave your way through the crevasses. The cold temperatures made crampons essential for much of the day. The route is fairly easy to follow due to a well-defined boot track, although some of the talus fields can be tricky where cairns are scarce. A wonderful trip. It's awe-inspiring to traverse from glacier to glacier, and sobering to see the glacial retreat in action and to wonder how long these glorious glaciers will remain for us to explore.
This is one of the best alpine traverses anywhere. The hike out totally sucks though, particularly when it is raining! I would suggest just doing an out and back from Cascade Pass. Five days, climbed Formidable and Dome, both great!
With Theron. We had an excellent trip, only a little rain on the last day. We climbed Formidable, Old Guard, Spire Point, Dome and Dynaflow Tower (a small but interesting crag). 6 wonderful days.
Norman, Eric and I picked up your blue shirt on the way down the bushwack. PM me and I'll arrange to return it to you.
August 1-6. Amazing traverse, mountains, flowers, animals and more. Bagged Old Guard, tried two others , next time more summits now that we have the traverse down. Route finding was a challenge at some cols, but got some help from others on route. Lots of snow on route this year, Kool Aid Lake entirely in snow.
Started Jul 22, finished July 27. North to South. Two other parties (4 people total) going the same direction as us but we passed and stayed ahead of one party and the other party stayed ahead of us so the route didn't feel crowded at all. Rain, wind, and whiteout conditions to Kool-Aid Lk the first day, then sunny and perfect temps the rest of the trip. Camped two nights at White Rock Lakes. Very few bugs.
Spent 5 days going north to south and climbed LeConte and Sentinel along the way. It was really hot and apparently the route has become the hip thing to do; there were 10 other people on it aside from my partner and I.
Eight days of alpine bliss! Started with two poor weather days before things cleared. Red ledge was a jog. Gaining it would have been more difficult once the snow melted out. White Rocks is as close as it gets to mountain perfection! A layover day there, a quick run up Dome, a last camp on Itswoot, and we were out! I'll be back one day!
This is an awesome and amazing route through the Cascades. We had just perfect weather the whole 5 days it took us. We did the lake tour, no summits.
Started on July 19th, finished on July 27th. One of the best mountain experiences I've ever had.
The quintessential Cascades experience. Was weathered off of four summits, but managed to get one. I will go back and do this again.