Ptarmigan Ridge - Archive

June 3rd

We don't have any route condition reports for Ptarmigan Ridge. Jeff Ward, below, describes his findings on a recent attempt. In the meantime, we are still offering
images. The first two aerial images of the climbing route were shot on May 30. Both are close ups of the technical cruxes.

The second images show the exit gullies above Mowich Face.

Here is Ptarmigan Ridge on May 18th.

Photos by Mike Gauthier

And this, from Jeff Ward...

"Just a quick update of our attempt on Ptarmigan 5/28 - 5/30. We did not have enough time for the new snow from the previous storm to settle. We had knee to mid-thigh trail breaking above 8,000. We camped at 10,100 but did not make it onto the route. Pit results around 10,000' showed easy to very easy results in the upper snowpack. The bond to the old snow was good but several layers in the new snow gave us concerns. Evidence of natural slab activity in the new snow was observed at numerous sites from 7,000' to 12,800' on NE, N, and NW aspects."