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Solo Alpine Climbs in North Cascades National Park

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safe is a relative word.  you may need to define your characteristic of a safe climb.

I would say sahale peak from sahale arm side (not sahale glacier side) and maybe some lines up around the ptmarigan traverse side but I have not been over on that side.

if hiking on somewhat mellow glacier solo is acceptable, I would suggest eldorado peak. 

 

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So....no ropes or glacier travel @Cascade Renegade?  If so....Thornton Peak, West MacMillan Spire, and Mount Prophet would fit the bill.  There are other options other than accessed by Hwy 20.  But any of the above are still full on adventures where you could easily be hurt or killed if you aren't experienced in off trail travel and scrambling.

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I second W MacMillan and Eldorado as good options. Edited: Not off Hwy 20 and, but Fisher Chimneys HAS LOTSA CREVASSES, NOT RECOMMENDED!!!

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15 hours ago, bedellympian said:

I second W MacMillan and Eldorado as good options. Not off Hwy 20 and a bit riskier maybe, but Fisher Chimneys on Shuksan is pretty awesome. 

going solo through hells highway on fisher chimney route would be terrifying. 

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4 hours ago, genepires said:

going solo through hells highway on fisher chimney route would be terrifying. 

When I did it in June '16 it was pretty chill. Boot pack on easy snow. Seems like you can stay far enough from the edge to not worry about anything but a fully catastrophic serac failure? I have a few guide friends who are very risk averse but have enjoyed that route as a romp. 

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19 hours ago, bedellympian said:

When I did it in June '16 it was pretty chill. Boot pack on easy snow. Seems like you can stay far enough from the edge to not worry about anything but a fully catastrophic serac failure? I have a few guide friends who are very risk averse but have enjoyed that route as a romp. 

and I have see it in late july with 4 wall to wall crevasses that had sketch bridges that failed before our return back from summit.  the hydro dynamics of glacier flow through that notch guarantee that there are crevasses that you may or not see.  if one was forced at gun point to solo a glacier, the sulphide glacier on shuksan would be a better choice.  or eldorado pk.

traveling on glaciers in late august thru september is very enlightening to exactly what one has walked over just 2 months previous.  recommending a glacier as "chill" without seeing that same glacier bare of winter coverage is reckless advice.

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2 hours ago, genepires said:

traveling on glaciers in late august thru september is very enlightening to exactly what one has walked over just 2 months previous.  recommending a glacier as "chill" without seeing that same glacier bare of winter coverage is reckless advice.

Totally agree. 

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4 hours ago, genepires said:

and I have see it in late july with 4 wall to wall crevasses that had sketch bridges that failed before our return back from summit.  the hydro dynamics of glacier flow through that notch guarantee that there are crevasses that you may or not see.  if one was forced at gun point to solo a glacier, the sulphide glacier on shuksan would be a better choice.  or eldorado pk.

traveling on glaciers in late august thru september is very enlightening to exactly what one has walked over just 2 months previous.  recommending a glacier as "chill" without seeing that same glacier bare of winter coverage is reckless advice.

Good points. I retract my recommendation! 

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