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Mount Pugh — Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2008

North Cascades
A couple of years ago I attempted Mt. Pugh but ran out of gas at Stujack Pass(pass the Geritol).Today I hit the trailhead at 6:15 and in the nice cool,clear air started my solo journey in quest #2. Trail was great to Metan Lake, switchedbacked further up to the meadow and the talus switchback slopes to the pass. Powered up with a bit of Cliff Bar and hit the scramble to the summit. This section is not as airy as I thought it might be but you do need to concentrate on where you put your feet and hands(stow the Trekking Poles). It's cool to be on the knife edged ridge and be able to look at the drop off below you and on the other side. Made it to the top in 4 hours flat and had the area to myself for an hour of pictures and snacks. Great views of Glacier,Baker,Shuksan,Fingers,Whitehorse,Pilchuk,Sloan(The Matterhorn of the Cascades)and Stuart and Rainier. Good boots,plenty of water and common sense recommended for this hike/scramble.