Copper Point via North Ridge & Pica Peak

Where: North Cascades, Washington
When: July 2009
Partners: Andy Mac, Ram, Little Ram, Sonny Lawrence and Mark from SoCA

Copper Point from Pica Peak

I'd spied the steep and delicious north ridge of Copper Point from nearby Wallaby Peak and shortly after suggested to Ram that we check it out. Perusing the Beckey guide, the aesthetic line was sandbagged at 3rd class.
Views west-northwest from the summit of Copper Point

Making the short and pretty approach to the ridge, we were shocked by how steep and narrow, loose and exposed this "class 3" ridge was. Turns out, it was only class 4 but the exposed and loose crap was unnerving at times. We opted for a different way down...then headed to Pica Peak.
Ram and Little Ram descending from Copper Point

Eventually regathering on the summit of Pica Peak, Mark and I bid farewell to the others (who were headed on to Blue Lake Peak) and started down from the col east of Pica Peak. DB and I were headed to the Selkirks!
On the small summit of Pica Peak

The crew on Pica Peak