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The "Back Court" 100

 
The "Back Court" 100

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Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: The "Back Court" 100

 

Page By: gimpilator

Created/Edited: Sep 4, 2016 / Oct 16, 2016

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Introduction

There are different stages to the Peakbagger Compulsive Disorder. Early onset can be characterized by the desire to summit peaks, frequent thoughts of mountains, or elevation seeking behavior. Middle stages of the disorder are diagnosed when the individual; A) can name every peak visible from a given summit B) keeps concise lists of all summits attained C) spends hours looking at topographic maps D) has memorized specific summit elevations E) can explain in detail just exactly what prominence or isolation is. Late stage PCD is degenerative and separates the sufferer from the things in life which they used to enjoy. Peakbagging and climbing comes first before relationships and healthy societal attachment. Chronic cases are willing to make sacrifices to continue the behavior. They become obsessed with mountain lists.  The compulsion is funneled into working the lists, completing lists or creating new lists. These hard cases are often referred to as "peakbaggers", "listbaggers", or "list-chasers", depending on the level of decline.

Back Court

Back Court 100 Region Map
Back Court 100 Region Map

The Back Court 100 List was created by Jeff Howbert in 2000, 5 years after he created the Home Court 100. He describes it as "roughly the eastern half of the Alpine Lakes area in the central Washington Cascades. Lies north of Interstate 90, south of US Highway 2, and east of Deception Pass (i.e. Deception Creek and Cle Elum River), extending to the Columbia River." Unlike the Home court list which has a prominence cutoff of 500 feet, the Back Court only requires peaks to have 400 feet of prominence to qualify. Mr. Howbert is a University of Washington professor who is best known in the peakbagging world for his creation of these two important lists. What's special about these lists is that they are less elevation focused and more strictly regional. The borders for these lists confine a smaller area. Located between Seattle and Wenatchee, the major hubs of society, these peaks are highly accessible, making them some of the most convenient lists to work in Washington State.

Stuart from Argonaut
Mount Stuart is the highest peak on the list

The Back Court 100 encompasses several very popular hiking areas, including but not limited to the Enchantment Lakes Basin, the Stuart Range, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and the Teanaway. The first 9 peaks on the list are also WA Top 100 peaks. Generally speaking, the Back Court contains easier peaks than the Home Court because mountains east of the crest have thinner tree cover and less vegetation as well as better trail access. The Home Court contains a number of very rarely climbed peaks while the Back Court has only a few. The Back Court also has fewer technical climbs requiring the use of rope on standard routes and all of them are located in the Stuart Range.

Many thanks to Jeff Howbert for creating this list for us acolytes. See his original article.  Also please contact me if you have created a new mountain page to add to this list.

The List

Rank

Image

Summit

Elev.

Prom.

USGS Quad Map

Isolation

1

Mount Stuart
9415
5335
Mount Stuart
44.5
2

Dragontail Peak
8840+
1760
Enchantment Lakes
3.1
3

Colchuck Peak
8705
665
Enchantment Lakes
.5
4

Cannon Mountain
8638
838
Cashmere Mountain
2.2
5

Sherpa Peak
8605
405
Mount Stuart
.5
6

Enchantment Peak
8520+
480
Enchantment Lakes
1.1
7

Cashmere Mountain
8501
1581
Cashmere Mountain
4.4
8

Argonaut Peak
8453
733
Enchantment Lakes
.9
9

McClellan Peak
8364
1244
Enchantment Lakes
1.3
10

The Temple
8292
772
Enchantment Lakes
1.6
11

Big Chiwaukum
8081
3681
Cashmere Mountain
10.4
12

Eightmile Mountain
7996
956
Jack Ridge
2.7
13

Jack Ridge
7800+
760
Jack Ridge
1.2
14

Big Jim Mountain
7763
1203
Big Jim Mountain
4.9
14

Big Lou Mountain
7763
1203
Big Jim Mountain
1.7
16

Ladies Peak
7708
428
Chiwaukum Mountains
1.3
17
No Image
Three Musketeers Ridge
7680+
640
Cashmere Mountain
.9
18

Ingalls Peak
7662
1222
Mount Stuart
1.7
19

Axis Peak
7550
870
Cashmere Mountain
2.0
20

Grindstone Mountain
7533
853
Chiwaukum Mountains
2.2
21

Opportunity Mountain
7502
462
Chiwaukum Mountains
1.1
22

The Cradle
7467
2107
The Cradle
5.7
23

Middle Chiwaukum
7423
423
Chiwaukum Mountains
2.6
24

Frigid Mountain
7377
457
Big Jim Mountain
1.3
25

Cape Horn
7316
516
Chiwaukum Mountains
.9
26

Three Brothers
7303
1743
Enchantment Lakes
2.9
27

Edward Peak
7280+
480
Cashmere Mountain
1.1
28

Navaho Peak
7223
1143
Enchantment Lakes
1.3
29

Harding Mountain
7173
1253
Jack Ridge
3.0
30

Hawkins Mountain
7160+
1520
Mount Stuart
2.4
31

Granite Mountain
7144
1064
The Cradle
3.0
32

Solomon Mountain
7095
575
Jack Ridge
.8
33

Granite Mountain South Peak
7080+
440
The Cradle
.5
34

Earl Peak
7036
956
Enchantment Lakes
2.0
35

Scatter Peaks
7031
831
Jack Ridge
1.0
36

Icicle Ridge
7029
1109
Cashmere Mountain
4.0
37

Highchair Mountain
7016
616
Jack Ridge
1.9
38

Nursery Peak
6962
402
The Cradle
1.0
39

Mountaineer Ridge
6920+
400
Mount Stuart
1.0
40

Bills Peak
6917
1077
Mount Stuart
2.6
41

Mission Peak
6876
2796
Mission Peak
18.0
42

Mac Peak
6859
819
Stevens Pass
3.6
43

Bulls Tooth
6840+
1280
Stevens Pass
3.3
44

Tucquala Peak
6821
581
The Cradle
1.4
45

Thor Peak
6804
1044
Stevens Pass
2.3
46

Bootjack Mountain
6789
549
Jack Ridge
1.6
47

Genes Peak
6779
539
Mount Stuart
.7
48
No Image
French Ridge East Peak
6767
567
The Cradle
1.6
49

Jim Hill Mountain
6765
2085
Stevens Pass
3.8
50

Esmeralda Peak
6765
765
Mount Stuart
1.2
51
No Image
French Ridge West Peak
6748
508
The Cradle
.7
52
No Image
Painters Thumb
6744
504
Big Jim Mountain
1.2
53

Bean Peak
6743
423
Enchantment Lakes
1.1
54

Sherpani Peak
6720+
600
The Cradle
1.1
55

Nimbus Mountain
6711
511
Stevens Pass
.8
56

Paddy-Go-North
6573
413
The Cradle
1.0
57
No Image
Paddy-Go-South
6566
406
The Cradle
.7
58
No Image
Junggeselle
6527
407
The Cradle
.9
59
No Image
Frosty Mountain
6489
729
Chiwaukum Mountains
1.6
60

Jolly Mountain
6443
963
Davis Peak
4.6
61

Freedom Peak
6442
442
Enchantment Lakes
1.2
62

Miller Peak
6402
722
Blewett
2.4
63

The Louvre
6394
874
Mount Stuart
2.0
64

Lion Rock
6360+
920
Swauk Pass
7.1
65

Surprise Mountain
6330
530
Scenic
.9
66

Spark Plug Mountain
6320+
440
Scenic
1.0
67
No Image
Swallow Tail
6317
557
Stevens Pass
1.3
68

Lemool Mountain
6284
484
Stevens Pass
.9
69

K9
6242
722
Stevens Pass
1.4
70

Mount Lillian South
6191
671
Swauk Pass
3.8
71

Doughgob Mountain
6172
452
Chiwaukum Mountains
1.2
72
No Image
Bentrim Hill
6078
558
Mission Peak
1.8
73

Koppen Mountain
6031
951
Mount Stuart
1.9
74

Arrowhead Mountain
6030
550
Mount Howard
2.5
75

Tronsen Head
5980
420
Swauk Pass
1.6
76

Humerus Hill
5920+
440
Cle Elum Lake
1.2
77
No Image
Nasikelt Peak
5863
463
Stevens Pass
2.1
78

Big Chief Mountain
5858
898
Stevens Pass
1.9
79

Cowboy Mountain
5853
773
Stevens Pass
1.9
80

Sasse Mountain
5730
770
Cle Elum Lake
2.4
81

Elbow Peak
5720+
560
Cle Elum Lake
2.1
82
No Image
Lumiere Ridge
5651
651
Stevens Pass
1.1
83
No Image
Lux Peak
5650
450
Stevens Pass
.8
84

Jester Mountain
5520+
480
Liberty
1.8
85

Malcolm Mountain
5480
480
Teanaway Butte
2.5
86

Red Top Mountain
5361
921
Red Top Mountain
4.8
87

Welldiggers Ass
5273
433
Labyrinth Mountain
1.8
88
No Image
Goldwater Peak
5220
420
Teanaway Butte
1.5
89
No Image
Sopwith Camel Peak
5040+
520
Stevens Pass
1.0
90

Hex Mountain
5034
474
Cle Elum Lake
1.5
91
No Image
Mission Ridge
4963
523
Mission Peak
2.6
92

Old Pass Hill
4885
765
Liberty
4.1
93
No Image
Bearjack Ridge East Peak
4800+
600
Red Top Mountain
1.4
94
No Image
Teanaway Butte
4760+
1120
Teanaway Butte
2.2
94
No Image
Tiptop
4760+
1080
Tiptop
4.7
94

Roughhouse Mountain
4760+
640
Liberty
1.6
97

Cairn Hill
4745
465
Swauk Pass
1.8
98

Serpentine Hill
4658
458
Blewett
2.0
99

Horse Lake Mountain
4640+
1320
Monitor
6.4
100

Bearjack Ridge West Peak
4600+
400
Red Top Mountain
1.7

List Finishers

It takes an incredible amount of determination to finish a list of 100 mountains. The "courtiers" are are an elite group of peakbaggers, the very first people to complete this list. Bold indicates the "courtiers" who have finished both the Home Court and Back Court lists.

Johnny Jeans - 9/8/2002 Painters Thumb
Fay Pullen - 9/14/2005 Jungeselle Peak
Don Goodman - 9/29/2007 Jack Ridge
Randy Busch - 8/6/2010 The Temple
Mike Collins - 2010 Red Top Mountain


Back Court Completion
Back Court Completion

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