This trip is for those of us who missed Youliana’s two weeks ago and who are keen to catch the fall colours (and the views) in The North Cascades. (Note: the photo that I used to advertise this post came from https://seattle.curbed.com/maps/fall-foliage-autumn-leaves-trails-seattle. It does not belong to me.)
- cramponing on consolidated snow
- scrambling Class 3/4 terrain with moderate exposure (i.e., a fall could cause grievous injury)
- adequate fitness for a long day; AllTrails says that this route is 21.1 km long, with 1,448 m of elevation gain
- I will not be able to check my email or the calendar of trips between ~10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 17th, which means that you will have to sign up tonight or wait until Saturday night to hear back from me (unfortunately).
- There is a ton of information on this route online and in Matt Gunn’s guidebook. Please do your research before signing up for this event.
- Although I would like to attempt the scramble to the summit, my main interests are in the fall colours and views, so I would be happy switching Tomyhoi out for Williams Peak, in Chilliwack, which does not require snow travel or a border crossing.
My questions for you:
- Do you think that 1:30 PM is a reasonable turnaround time? I would like to be back at the car by 6:00 PM at the very latest, allowing us an hour before the sun sets in case of unexpected delays, and I think that we should climb conservatively if we have not done anything together before.
- What are your primary reasons for joining the trip (i.e., what about it interests you)? I would like to reach the summit, in particular because the only real scrambling, to my knowledge, is near the top, but I would have no qualms whatsoever about turning back if we were moving inefficiently, someone did not like the exposure, etc.
- What previous experience do you have on trips like this one? What do you see as the technical crux of this route?
- The app for ArriveCan and your passport or Nexus Card
- Bear spray
- A helmet and ice axe
- Stiff-soled boots, gaiters, and crampons
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and ChapStick
- Food, water, and clothes
- The ten essentials, including a whistle and means of navigation
Sign-ups are no longer available for this event.