NW NOOB here,
Coming out from the 'Rado in early June to sample some of your Volcanoes and have a few questions RE: Ptarmigan Ridge in June.
The plan is to attempt Ptarmigan Ridge the first or second week of June and after reading some of the prior posts on this board, I am looking more closely at our choice for time of year.
The plan is this:
Day 1: White River to Curtis Ridge camp
Day 2: Curtis ridge to High camp (10,300)
Day 3: High camp up and over, descend Emmons Glacier to White River.
My questions are regarding the time of year and the slog I can expect. I am aware that weather conditions are highly fickle this time of year.
Is it too early in the year for this route?
Is it going to be a snow slog approach? (High snow year, this year I am guessing)
Will the route even be in shape yet(all snow, no ice)?
Are we stupid for even thinking of climbing this route in June?
Any info is helpful and I know it is hard to predict anything in the future when it comes to your sweet, sweet mountains.