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Glacier Peak is the most remote peak we climb in the Cascade Range.  No road penetrates within eight miles of the mountain and many approach hikes are more than 10 miles long.  Although one of the highest peaks in the Cascades, looking from Puget Sound, Glacier Peak barely stands out from the lesser surrounding mountains. Glacier Peak is a heavily glaciated eroded volcano that was first climbed in 1889.  

The fall floods of 2003 destroyed many road and trail bridges in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, and many have not yet been re-built.  At the present time, the Gerdine-Cool Glacier route and/or Disappointment Peak routes, once considered long, have become the most accessible routes, especially in early season, when fording rivers or even large streams would be extremely hazardous (as required for traditional White Chuck trail access).

This strenuous trip involves a long approach, full day to climb, and long return to the trailhead. Anyone going on the climb must be in good condition. Members must also be proficient in crevasse rescue.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be an in-town crevasse rescue review session on Wednesday, July 24 from 6:00p to 9:00p at a location to be determined (likely at the MMC). Team members are expected to participate in this important event. 

The climb is scheduled for three days. However, members should plan to drive up the day before the climb and stay in a nearby hotel or campground, and also plan to camp or stay in a hotel once back at the trailhead and then drive home the next day. Thus, members need to allot a total of five days for this trip.

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