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Washington Bulger List

Showing Dean Molen's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (8 out of 100, or 8%)

RankPeak Elev-M
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Range (Level 5) Prom-M
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Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area40261969-08-09
2.Little Annapurna2585Wenatchee Mountains1101972-08-06
3.Mount Saint Helens2540Mount Saint Helens Area14061973-06-09
4.McClellan Peak2549Wenatchee Mountains3911973-08
5.Cannon Mountain2633Wenatchee Mountains2681986-08
6.Enchantment Peak2609Wenatchee Mountains1701988-08-15
7.Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area24862003-07-11
8.North Gardner Mountain2730Methow Mountains12302004-07-17
 Little Tahoma3395Mount Rainier Area261 
 Mount Baker3286Skagit Range2706 
 Glacier Peak3218Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area2297 
 Bonanza Peak2899Central North Cascades1143 
 Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains1632 
 Mount Fernow2819Entiat Mountains857 
 Goode Mountain2816Central North Cascades1173 
 Mount Shuksan2783Skagit Range1356 
 Mount Buckner2778Central North Cascades937 
 Seven Fingered Jack2774Entiat Mountains128 
 Mount Logan2770Central North Cascades466 
 Mount Maude2767Entiat Mountains280 
 Jack Mountain2763Hozameen Range1283 
 Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1469 
 Black Peak2734Central North Cascades1064 
 Mount Redoubt2734Skagit Range515 
 Copper Peak2732Entiat Mountains159 
 Dome Peak2731Central North Cascades951 
 Gardner Mountain2712Methow Mountains225 
 Boston Peak2711Central North Cascades272 
 Dragontail Peak2706Wenatchee Mountains560 
 Silver Star Mountain2705Methow Mountains754 
 Eldorado Peak2703Central North Cascades679 
 Forbidden Peak2687Central North Cascades334 
 Fortress Mountain2682Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area536 
 Mesahchie Peak2681Central North Cascades694 
 Oval Peak2681Methow Mountains833 
 Mount Lago2665Okanogan Range996 
 Robinson Mountain2660Okanogan Range526 
 Katsuk Peak2658Central North Cascades158 
 Sahale Peak2658Central North Cascades49 
 Colchuck Peak2653Wenatchee Mountains327 
 Star Peak2649Methow Mountains369 
 Remmel Mountain2647Okanogan Range1342 
 Kimtah Peak2633Central North Cascades341 
 Mount Custer2630Skagit Range386 
 Ptarmigan Peak2626Okanogan Range285 
 Sherpa Peak2623Wenatchee Mountains136 
 Clark Mountain2622Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area476 
 Cathedral Peak2622Okanogan Range322 
 Mount Carru2620Okanogan Range303 
 Monument Peak2619Okanogan Range339 
 Cardinal Peak2618Chelan Mountains643 
 Osceola Peak2617Okanogan Range361 
 Storm King2609Central North Cascades207 
 Raven Ridge-Libby Peak2608Methow Mountains60 
 Buck Mountain2599Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area575 
 Mount Rahm2597Skagit Range110 
 Horseshoe Peak2597Central North Cascades49 
 Reynolds Peak2594Methow Mountains631 
 Martin Peak2594Central North Cascades655 
 Primus Peak2593Central North Cascades264 
 Mox Peaks2592Skagit Range288 
 Dark Peak2592Central North Cascades92 
 Cashmere Mountain2591Wenatchee Mountains494 
 Klawatti Peak2586Central North Cascades221 
 Dorado Needle2585Central North Cascades268 
 Sinister Peak2585Central North Cascades281 
 Mount Bigelow2585Methow Mountains256 
 Big Craggy Peak2582Okanogan Range948 
 Lost Peak2580Okanogan Range507 
 Hoodoo Peak2580Methow Mountains141 
 Chiwawa Mountain2578Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area383 
 Argonaut Peak2576Wenatchee Mountains235 
 Tower Mountain2574Okanogan Range891 
 Azurite Peak2572Okanogan Range597 
 Luahna Peak2572Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area243 
 Pinnacle Mountain2572Chelan Mountains548 
 Emerald Peak2567Chelan Mountains238 
 Dumbell Mountain2567Entiat Mountains397 
 Greenwood Mountain2565Entiat Mountains212 
 Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak2562Skagit Range172 
 Saska Peak2562Chelan Mountains209 
 Devore Peak2560Central North Cascades537 
 Blackcap Mountain2559Okanogan Range133 
 Courtney Peak2558Methow Mountains217 
 Spectacle Buttes2558Entiat Mountains339 
 Martin Peak2553Methow Mountains273 
 Lake Mountain2551Okanogan Range259 
 Golden Horn2550Okanogan Range355 
 West Craggy2550Okanogan Range233 
 Tupshin Peak2548Central North Cascades353 
 Amphitheater Mountain2548Okanogan Range244 
 Snowfield Peak2544Central North Cascades898 
 Austera Peak2540Central North Cascades138 
 Windy Peak2540Okanogan Range550 
 Cosho Peak2540Central North Cascades162 
 Big Snagtooth2539Methow Mountains186 
 Mount Formidable2537Central North Cascades586 
 Abernathy Peak2536Methow Mountains256 
 Switchback Mountain2536Methow Mountains146 
 Flora Mountain2536Central North Cascades561 

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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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