Bulger 92 for me. Not very good weather but made it up. Couldnt get Fortress due to total whiteout, wind, late day and no coat. Willb e back
Very, very long day. Road is open all the way to the trailhead now. A rough 2WD but doable. About 80% of the trail below treeline is overgrown. This made the hike-in absolutely horrible and buggy. Plan accordingly. Lots of snow below summit on east side above treeline. The ledges were a bit dicey with the current snow conditions. Very quiet day on the mountain otherwise.
Up from Chiwawa basin. Great area.
Done as a 3fer with Fortress and Helmet Butte. Frustrating marine layer clouds limited us to peakaboo views.
w/Fortress via Chiwawa Basin
When we saw a climber fall a little ways down the mountain, the climbers I was with were afraid of the steep loose snow so we took a class 4 route on the rocks which made me feel a little on the edge, but I was already to high up to back down. On the way down it was a easy walk down except for having to look for the right gully when getting late in the day.
I saw a man fall near the summit. He tumbled 100 vertical feet over snow and rocks. I was the first to get to him. I investigated his injuries and found nothing serious, only cuts and abrasions. If he hadn't been wearing a helmet, it would have been different.
What a treat, so glad to see this climb. It was so many years ago. We had been in the Glacier Peak Wilderness two weeks the whole basin was in snow so we climbed up the middle on the snow. On the summit crest the big white fluffy clouds were slowly drifting by in aqua blue skies, just thought I could step onto one and drift away. Still have that image in my mind one of my most memorable climbs. Thanks for adding this to SP.
Red and Chiwawa made a nice day.