WASHINGTON'S HIGHEST PEAKS
with 400 Feet of Prominence
Photos © John Roper 2004
MOUNT CUSTER 8630' P1230
from Redoubt. Rahm and Devils Tongue poking up over right ridge. Depot Creek below.
Winter aerial photo of Custer by John Scurlock: 1
PTARMIGAN PEAK 8614' P894
From SE on Lost. This was the final Bulger Big Boy for Bruce Gibbs (second completer) in 1986, and Johnny Jeans in 1997. Johnny's claim to fame is that he climbed every one of the Top 100 after reaching the age of 50.
SHERPA PEAK 8605' P405
from SW. Note the intriguing balanced rock (The Sherpa's Load') on the right summit. Luckily, it is just a bit lower than the left summit.
CLARK MOUNTAIN 8602' P1522
CATHEDRAL PEAK 8601' P961
East face. It was Cathedral Peak that turned me on to the Bulger List in 1983, even though Russ had been trying to proselytize me for 3-4 years. Previously I was a North Cascades chauvinist who scoffed at the silly thought of chasing after the "high rollers" in the Pasayten, but another rained-out trip two days into an attempted Picket Traverse made us look to sunny eastern Washington to make use of the remaining vacation. A guy could get hooked on this place, and did.
Ron Aronoff makes the long, thought-provoking, step-across move near Cathedral's top.
GENDARMES'/KIMTAH PEAK 8600+ P1040
from NE. Cosho/Ragged End' is the dome above the central Kimtah Glacier.
Morning after a miserable night's bivouac, shaking the cobwebs out
before the FA of Gendarmes/Kimtah Peak on June 7, 1970
by Jerry Swanson and John Roper.
MOUNT CARRU 8595' P955
from Blackcap. Silas Wild and I had one of the great sitting glissades in the Cascades here, zooming 2500 vertical feet from the summit to the bottom of the slithering couloir in 18 minutes.
Winter aerial photo of Carru by John Scurlock: 1
MONUMENT PEAK 8592 P1072
from North. Russ Kroeker celebrates life on Blackcap pinnacle.
Fred Beckey on the FA of Monument Peak, September 26, 1978. Fred had heard rumor that there were a bunch of fanatics going around the state, trying to climb the highest peaks, and he figured this was one of them, and that we ought to investigate before they got there. The Bulgers peaked out on Monument the very next spring, May 26, 1979. A year after this I met Russ Kroeker and learned of their mission. Fred's other first ascents on the Big Boy List include these seven: Lincoln, Forbidden, Enchantment, SE Mox, NW Mox, Golden Horn, and Big Snagtooth.
CARDINAL PEAK 8590' P2070
from NW, Saska side
OSCEOLA PEAK 8587 P1147
Russ Kroeker, Silas Wild, and John Roper did a new route on this peak up the slanting snow "Oscy Couloir" on July 5, 1984, shown in this photo from the NE.
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