August 8, 2012

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We left Rainy Pass July 23. Spent the night at an unofficial camp site above Porcupine Creek. Climbed through minor snow to Cutthroat Pass the next day. Had to turn back about 500 yards short of Granite Pass.

I met a retired park ranger the next day. He said that Granite was one of the most snowed-in passes in the North Cascades and should not be tried this time of year without an ice ax.