Sorry, but where's the bushwhacking in this shot? Or is Colorado bushwhacking mere child's play compared to Washington?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What I like most about the mountains....quiet
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.