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Ptarmigan Question

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Hello. Hoping someone can answer a Ptarmigan traverse question. Has anyone bivied on the flattish knoll west (and slightly below) the exit to the red ledges? And if so, were there any water sources (mid summer) within a reasonable distance?

 

Thanks so much. Nathan

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I haven't bivied on that knoll, but Kool Aid Lake is not far from the Red Ledges and had running water (see picture). I remember seeing a couple spots past the Red Ledges with running water. Hope that helpsIMG_0894.JPG

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One of the three times I was on the traverse we got across Red Ledge and then got a major dose of fog and drizzle and we wandered back to Kool-Aid lake because we couldn't find a water source on the knoll - least not anywhere we wanted to walk to - it was the thrid week of August, however. Got up the next morning to blue skies and carried on.

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With the low snowpack this year, count on water sources to be a little thinner by mid-summer I expect...

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I camped on the knoll last year and found a small spring that I could use to filter water. One option is to fill up with water at Kool-Aide Lake before heading across Red Ledge.

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Thank you all for the responses and suggestions. The knoll looks like a good, scenic option to the camp at koolaid.

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