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Washington Bulger List

Showing Andrew Strand's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (33 out of 100, or 33%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2101992
2.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121992
3.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731992
4.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21881994-06-11
5.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24361994-08-20
6.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8011994-09-08
7.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27311995-07-21
8.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11701995-07-22
9.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6721995-07-22
10.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39961995-08-21
11.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6981995-08-21
12.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34501995-09-04
13.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12191996-08-01
14.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29071996-08-11
15.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11471996-08-16
16.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32681996-08-17
17.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range16241996-08-18
18.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range8941996-08-19
19.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range3971996-08-20
20.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30701996-09-01
21.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7261996-09-01
22.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44111996-09-10
23.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30401996-10-09
24.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8181997-07-13
25.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11261997-08-16
26.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28841997-08-17
27.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades22351997-08-23
28.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20321997-09-07
29.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162009-07-14
30.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades802009-08-06
31.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74982009-09-13
32.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6652010-05-30
33.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53542012-09-02
 Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711 
 Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811 
 Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808 
 Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034 
 Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380 
 Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487 
 Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211 
 Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882 
 Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779 
 Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649 
 Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains484 
 Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854 
 Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760 
 Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055 
 Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680 
 Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686 
 Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365 
 Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440 
 Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838 
 Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1230 
 Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405 
 Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522 
 Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989 
 Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades1040 
 Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range955 
 Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1072 
 Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070 
 Raven Ridge8580Methow Mountains1100 
 Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1888 
 Storm King8520Central North Cascades600 
 Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480 
 Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111 
 Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828 
 Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range904 
 Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264 
 Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581 
 Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685 
 Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range280 
 Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades80 
 Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424 
 Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733 
 Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800 
 Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades840 
 Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760 
 Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280 
 Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742 
 Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261 
 Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655 
 Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range527 
 Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644 
 Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880 
 Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720 
 Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720 
 Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072 
 Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855 
 Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range811 
 McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244 
 Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades1722 
 Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758 
 Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414 
 Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1771 
 Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades492 
 Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570 
 Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1885 
 Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441 
 Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades1080 
 Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1800 

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List Description

The Bulgers were a very informal group of climbers who set out to climb the 100 highest peaks in Washington State. This list was never "official", but it has achieved a certain legitimacy among Cascade climbers and it is the usual way to the Washingtion Top 100.

This site also has a list of the Washington Peaks over 8200 feet, showing 130 summits in the state over 8200 feet and having a prominence of over 400 feet. These lists are very similar, but do have some differences. While the Bulger list generally uses a 400-foot prominence cutoff, for volcanoes they use an 800-foot threshold, and for other well-known summits with less than 400 feet of prominence they make exceptions.

The differences are (thanks to Jeff Howbert for figuring all this out):

  • The Bulgers drop Liberty Cap, Sherman, Colfax, and Lincoln becasue they are volcanic subpeaks with less than 800 feet of prominence.
  • They also drop Mount Ballard, not realizing that it had a higher unsurveryed point to the north.
  • They add Seven Fingered Jack, Sahale, Dark, Rahm, Horseshoe, Little Annapurna, and Blackcap Mountain, all of which have less than 400 feet of strict prominence.
  • Having dropped five peaks and added seven, they also miss out on the bottom two of the strict 400-foot list, Luna and Castle.

Any way you look at it, this is a very difficult list to complete. Many of these peaks require serious mountaineering skill, including difficult rock-climbing ability. Consensus is that the highest of the Mox Peaks (Southeast Twin Spire) is the hardest to climb, but many of the other summits feature some combination of long approaches, bushwhacking, crevassed glaciers, steep rock pitches, and overall adventure.

The first to complete the Bulger list was Russ Kroeker in 1980.

Sources

Links

     Summit Routes: Washington's Highest Peaks

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks (Stephenson, Bongiovanni)
       Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes (Goldman)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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