As we had hoped, dropping down the Cowlitz was fairly straight forward. Parties can avoid the vast majority of cracks by hugging the east side of the glacier as you descend roughly 1,600 ft. A mellow ridge crossing will get you onto the Ingraham Glacier at 8,600'. Try to maintain elevation as you contour across the Ingraham. There are many tight, parallel crevasses here so careful route finding is essential. Once across the Ingraham Glacier, a large snow ramp will allow you to gain the ridgeline that separates the Whitman from the Ingraham. Currently, the rock step exiting the snow ramp necessitates 8 ft. of climbing before leading to easier scrambling. As things continue to melt out, this step will undoubtedly become higher and the presence of a moat may create issues.
|Hogsback/rock band as you exit the Ingraham onto the Whitman.|
|Looking up at Little T from the approach on the Whitman. Notice the two cracks on the upper left of the photo.|
|4th class scramble off of the Whitman glacier and onto the SE ridge|
|Track log from Camp Muir to Little T summit|