hefeweizen Posted March 27, 2013 Share Posted March 27, 2013 (edited) Trip: North Cascades - Isolation Traverse Date: 3/23/2013 Trip Report: Not a typo, we were capitalizing on the fine conditions the Isolation had to offer these past few days as well. I think Forest's comment when we met them at the rappel was, "They're gonna have to rename this thing!" It was great to share beta and conversation with some fine folks out there. We pretty much followed the classic route that Skoog describes here with a few small variations. We opted for the Sibley Pass approach to the western edge of the Eldorado Glacier that Nelson mentions. While quite long, it did afford us a higher start than skinning up the CRR. We were able to drive about two miles up the Hidden Peak (Lakes?) road and skin from the car. Our first night was on the Eldo. The next morning we continued on the normal route. Great skiing conditions abounded on pretty much every turn. The beauty of this traverse is that just following the route gets you great fall line descents, and that's not to mention the abundance of ski lines just a pack drop away. We chose to check out the NW cirque off Pyramid as well, and found heads up turns in great snow. This was our other deviation from the route Skoog describes. It would have been a comfortable 3 day trip, but we stuck around on the Neve for a day to enjoy some great skiing. All in all the exit was very smooth for a North Cascades adventure. Thanks Phil, Ryan, and my lovely lady Sam for the great trip. Approach Notes: Sibley Pass approach is long, avalanche prone, and very scenic. Edited March 27, 2013 by hefeweizen Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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