Alpinist 47

42 Mountain Profile: The Picket Range

Posted on: July 7, 2014


The Picket Range, "truly the wildest and most rugged place there is," says local pioneer John Roper (Northwestern Mountaineering Journal 2004). [Photo] Jason Hummel

In his 1969 classic, Challenge of the North Cascades, Fred Beckey described the Picket Range of Washington State as "fortresses ringed by cliffs and jungle." And with names such as Terror, Fury, Challenger and Phantom, their summits have long seemed like part of some mythological realm beyond the reach of modern development. Fifty Years after the passage of the Wilderness Act, designed to protect such places, Forest McBrian explores the evolving ways that climbers here have imagined and approached the "wild." Ed Cooper, Carla Firey, Wayne Wallace and Jens Holsten recount their own alpine quests in one of the most isolated regions of the Lower 48.

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