|Great Traverses in Washington State and beyond…|
|Welcome to my traverse page. I am very fascinated by the practice of climbing summits and the ridges that connect them.
Having done a few, I am hooked. They are very rewarding.
It is great to be on summits. Traverses allow you to spend days (AND NIGHTS!!!) on many summits,
as well as see NEW territory for the entire trip!…… Wow! Lets get going!!
Perhaps, The qualities of a great traverse should consider the following :
If you have experience with a route, let me know any opinions, please
|Ok, Here is where I make a point that I have wanted to make for a while.There are different definitions of “Traverses”
Old style traverses of the Pickets and other ranges use to be nothing more than crossing the crest of a range and maybe a summit or two along the way. I dont mean to minimize anyones efforts. I have the utmost respect for the all adventurers
Then there are true “Summit Ridge Traverses” that almost always stay on or near the crest of the ridge that connects the summits.That is what I am trying to represent here on this page
| Extreme Traverses in Washington State (somewhere between 1st and second tier)
Torment -Forbidden (beta)…and—–My Trip Report
Northern Pickets Traverse
Southern Pickets Traverse
Sawtooth Ridge Traverse, Olympics
The Needles (Olympics)
The Valhalla Traverse (Olympics)
Bonanza Traverse #1 Tri-summit, NE to SW
Bonanza Traverse #2
Washington Pass Traverse
Index Traverse , my report, Marko’s Winter Ascent
Complete Twin Sisters Range Traverse
|Northern Pickets Traverse photo Josh Kaplan|
|The Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse ,Palisades, photo, Lane Brown|
North Ridge Forbidden
| Big Traverses of the World (1st tier)
Mt Waddington, again
Cerro Torre Traverse, congrats to partner, Colin Haley
Bolivia: Ancohoma > Illampu
Care Bear Traverse
Many in Europe that I dont know about…
|Yet to be done,:
Aoraki Grand Traverse
Traverses have been around for a long time. I have been looking for quotes and history on what motivates other climbers. Peter Croft and Lowell Skoog were my early inspirations.
Having been at the sport for a while , it is a great way for me to explore my capacity for climbing. It can get really easy to climb just a single route.
Traverses allow for no limits.
There are easier ones to do that most climbers have the capacity for.
It gives one the chance to stay on the summit longer as well.
Sold on the idea of traversing? Send me your trip report!Be careful to bivy within easy escape if you can. Be familiar with all escapes and beware of being up high in bad weather and thunderstorms. On traverses you are more vulnerable to storms, exposure ,wind, and altitude issues. Light gear is essential, so bail if and before it turns bad. Figure out any shuttle issues too.
If you are successful with this sport, it should be very rewarding!
|The notorious Index Traverse. A favorite of some in winter!
Photo by Eric L.
|Sawtooth Ridge Traverse, Olympics
Photo, Wayne Wallace
|Above: On the Waddington ridge
Above-right: The Everest Trilogy
Right : Sawtooth Traverse in The Sierras
Below The Red Kaweah,from Black
Photos : Doug Artman (except Everest)
|My Personal Traverses: Route, Date and(# of summits covered and # of miles along ridge-top)
The Oregon Cascade Grand Traverse Hood to Broken Top July-1982 (8 summits)
The Southern Pickets Traverse 7-2003 (14 summits, 4miles)
The Sawtooth Ridge Traverse 8-2004 (20 summits, 2 Miles Long)
Ingalls Peaks Traverse 9-2004 (3-4 summits Half Mile)
The Northern Pickets Traverse 7-2005 (9-10 summits, 8 miles)
The Stuart Range Traverse 7-2005 (5 summits, 3miles)
Torment-Forbidden Traverse 8-2008 (2-summits,1 and a half miles)
The 3 Fingers Traverse (3 summits ,Quarter Mile)Traverse-like Mountain Routes:
N.W. Ridge, Mt Logan 10-2003 ( 1 summit, 1 mile)
Mongo Ridge, Mt Fury 8-2006 (3 summits, 1 mile)
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