Mt. Challenger is an appropriate name for any of the peaks that form the rugged and remote Picket Range, but it was given to one at the northern end of the range. The expansive Challenger Glacier on the northern flank is the largest in the immediate area. Long, difficult approaches from the east or west coupled with notoriously bad weather make this a relatively infrequently climbed mountain. Following the approach, ascend the Challenger Glacier to the highest of a series of rock-horn summits. The final rock summit involves class 5.5 climbing on solid quartz diorite. The first ascent was made on September 7, 1936 by Philip Dickert, Jack Hossack, George MacGowan. Lage Wernstedt named Mount Challenger and this name first appeared on maps in 1931.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 3, for information on all the established climbing routes on Mount Challenger. Also, Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Vol. 1, by Potterfield and Nelson has route information.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1936|
|First successful climber(s):||Philip Dickert, Jack Hossack, George MacGowan|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|