Nestled within North Cascades National Park, the Picket Range is home to many of the North Cascades classic ascents.
Mount Challenger West Peak could have been part of our Northern Picket Traverse three years ago.
Getting to base camp with good route finding skills, one can certainly enjoy the views abound without ever leaving camp.
Picket traverse = Mount Challenger + Phantom Peak + Crooked Thumb Peak
After witnessing the beauty of the Picket Range from Luna Peak earlier this season, I couldn't wait to see more from another perspective.
This trip was my last-minute plan, and it ended up being one of the season highlights.
Elevation gain of this climb was insane, 6,000+ feet over 3.5 miles.
When mountaineering legend Fred Beckey said to allow a fully day for the ascent, I think he really meant it.
Just when I thought scrambles couldn't get any steeper, Mount Ross set out proved me wrong.