The Inspiration Traverse


Feb 15, 2013
In early July, Jenny West and I did the Inspiration Traverse, in the North Cascades. We got up 3 peaks and traversed 6 glaciers. We took our time and it took 6 days. Days above treeline in the Cascades, in good weather, is as good as it gets. Here is the first 3 days, including the ascent of Eldorado Peak

The route starts with a log crossing above a raging river

5,000 feet of ascent, over a day and a half, to get to high camp, over varied terrain

The spider that sat down beside her

1st camp

Livin the dream

Heading up the 2nd day

Mt Forbidden. west ridge on the right, north ridge left. We have 10 ascents between us

Sun cups and cravasses

The sound of collapsing seracs hourly

Home for a couple of nights

Evening light

The view the other direction. Klawatti Peak

On the way up to the peak

Youngsters caught us late on the ascent. Sigh


Back to camp

More to come.....

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Aug 31, 2015
WOWOWOWOWOWOW Amazing! You always have great reports and this one is just... downright special :)


Jan 24, 2017
Wow just does not cut it... seriously I am in awe of the pics and the trip in general.... my bucket list is never going to end if I keep reading TRs here.

I am curious... what tent is that?


I walk
Jun 25, 2012
Very, very nice, Ram! Looking forward to Part II. Way to keep after it.


Desert Rat-Weekend Warrior
Jun 7, 2012
This is very inspiring to me @ram. You, and Jenny's lifetime of exploration apart, and together is something that I look up to, and hope to attain with my exploration partners.

Thanks again for sharing. I always look forward to your prose and photos.

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Deleted User
Aug 5, 2016
Wow! Full on mountaineering! You know its serious business when you have the crampons on! That tent shot is really cool! Awesome report and pics! Thanks for sharing!
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