Approach From Hell

Attm and Jackie Ellis bushwhack during the approach of Chimney Peak. A trail would have been nice but was not to be.
July 2007
Photo by Alan Ellis

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Klenke

Klenke - Aug 28, 2008 12:49 am - Voted 9/10

I don't see any bushwhacking here

Sorry, but where's the bushwhacking in this shot? Or is Colorado bushwhacking mere child's play compared to Washington?

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Aug 28, 2008 8:35 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I don't see any bushwhacking here

bush·whack [boosh-hwak, -wak]: to travel through woods.

Why is it that climbers from PNW and California are always trying to compare their mountains, etc. with Colorado's? It's not a contest.

nartreb

nartreb - Aug 28, 2008 9:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I don't see any bushwhacking here

Maybe it's the photo title "approach from hell". Here in the East, wide-open glades like the one in the photo can only be found right after heavy logging, or in those unbidden visions of paradise that come to you when you're pushing through spruce with your eyes closed.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Aug 28, 2008 11:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I don't see any bushwhacking here

It was the approach from hell due to the bushwhack, the clouds of mosquitos, the downfall, and the loose, unprotectable class 5 climbing before we got to the base of the route.

Klenke

Klenke - Aug 28, 2008 12:22 pm - Voted 9/10

Re: I don't see any bushwhacking here

But I don't see any bushes getting whacked in this shot. Heck, I don't really even see any bushes.

From my Webster's:
Bushwhack: to clear a path through thick woods especially by chopping down bushes and low branches.

If I were bushwhacking in Western Washington, I'd be happy to come across open terrain like that pictured above.

Is it fair to make comparisons? Yes. Just as I'm sure folks from Alaska would laugh at what we call bushwhacking here in (Western) Washington.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Aug 28, 2008 3:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: I don't see any bushwhacking here

I think you're being too literal about the word, but I'll concede and let you have your "Western Washington" glory. In the mean time, I'm gonna go start my four-day weekend. Tentative schedule: Friday sleeping in, Saturday skydiving, Sunday fishing, Monday sailing, plus...a few beers in between. Should be a good weekend.

OneJim

OneJim - Feb 23, 2010 2:10 am - Voted 10/10

Re: I don't see any bushwhacking here

What I like most about the mountains....quiet

eric1

eric1 - Aug 12, 2011 1:59 am - Hasn't voted

Whacking whinners

It's not the bushwack from hell. But it is steep, there is no trail,you could get lost,the footing is loose,the approach on summers morning faces east and is giant solar collector, and near the start of the climb, say, fifteen minutes, there is some loose 3/4 class scrambling and complicated route finding which one could fall off. If that happened then it would be the approach from hell. Having said all that. There is no bushwhacking. Approaching, cross country travel, lots of work, danger, poor quality rock. A very good chance of being electrified in a summer storm. Hellish moments? Plenty of those.

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