Picket traverse = Mount Challenger + Phantom Peak + Crooked Thumb Peak
Photos from this trip can be found here. After witnessing beauty of the Picket Ranges from Luna Peak earlier this season, I couldn’t wait to get more of it different angle. West McMillan Spire offers the least technical climbing in the Southern Picket lineup. Two friends joined me on this trip after their Northern Picket traverse plan fell through….
Pup and I slept by the trailhead to catch the early water taxi next morning to Big Beaver Campground. Hiking to the campground would have added an additional 14 miles to the trip.
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.
Photos from this trip can be found here. Just when I thought scrambles couldn’t have gotten any steeper, Mount Ross proved me wrong. Weather got worse as the day progressed, views were nonexistent beyond the flat area where we took a break. Although we had turned around past the radio towers due to time constraints,…