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“Here is a thread for TTers to brag about what peaks they bagged and how they bagged them.
ie - Mt. Washington - Cog railway”
“I refuse to gloat.
But I've shagged so damn many, your head would spin.
1) Mt. Sunflower, Kansas.
Take THAT, Dunadan.”
“step in any cow pies?”
“those out west have the advantage”
“Along with those living in the Carolinas”
“not if they say a 'peak' has to be over 13K feet.”
“if that's the rule then there are no peaks east of Colorado!
Change the thread title to "summit bagging" then.”
“Peak applies to any named elevation peaks worldwide.”
“Mount Greylock, Mass.....by car
Spruce Knob, West Virginia......by car
Mount Mansfield, Vermont.....by gondola
I got a good look at Mount Katahdin, Maine”
“ok, lets see:
Clingmans Dome, TN - AT
Mt. Kephart, NC/TN - AT
Mt. Collins, NC/TN - AT
Mt. Rogers, VA - summit trail from AT
MT. Sterling, NC - Mt. Sterling Ridge Trail
Newton Bald, NC - Newton Bald Trail
those are the significant ones at least.”
Pikes Peak, CO - by car”
“Mt. Mitchell - Mt. Mitchell trail
Mt. Craig - Black Mtn Crest trail
Big Tom - Black Mtn Crest Trail
Balsam Cone - Black Mtn Crest trail
Cattail Peak - Black Mtn Crest trail
Potato Hill - Black Mtn Crest Trail
Mt. LeConte - Bullshead Trail and Alum Cave Trail
Clingmans Dome - drive up and AT
Old Rag - Ridge Trail
North Marshall Mtn - AT
Pinnacle - AT
Mt. Washington - Cog Railway
Blue Knob - Loyalsock Trail
Red Rock Mtn - Ricketts Glen”
“you know, I don't think the Southern Sixer guys let you count Clingmans if you drove up to that parking area.
I think they require something like a five mile hike or something like that, could be wrong, i just sorta remember reading that somewhere.”
“nope, I'm not really counting that one. I drove up to the parking lot, hiked the main trail to the summit and then hiked down around the adjacent trails including the AT for a little bit, but not enough to really count. I'd like to do the forney ridge trail one of these days. get as close as I can to the bottom and hike up to the top.”
“That'd be a ballbuster for sure. I did Clingmans by starting at Newfound Gap, that last 1/2 mile is one of the toughest i've done. Didn't help that it was Jan and the trail (gully would be a better description) was full of ice. Needed crampons.”
“Here is my list:
Mt. Erie, ACFL 1,270 ft.
Sugar Loaf, ACFL 1,000ft.
Little Round Top, ACFL 900 ft.
Sugar Cube, ACFL 860 ft.
Mt. Walker, ONF 2,805 ft.
Mt. Zion, ONF 4,278 ft.
Little Mt., Mt.Vernon, WA
Goose Rock, Deception Pass State Park
Hurricane Hill, ONP 5,775 ft.
Sauk Mt., MBNF 5,541 ft.
Goat Mt., western summit, MBNF 5,880 ft.
Table Mt., MBNF 5,700 ft.
Mt. Winchester, MBNF 6,521 ft.
Pyramid Peak, ONP 3,100 ft.
Excelsior Mt., MBNF 5,699 ft.
Dege Peak, MRNP 7,008 ft.
Mt. Freemont Lookout, MRNP 7,181 ft.
Burrough Mt., MRNP
1st summit -
2nd summit - 7, 402 ft.
Blue Mt., ONP 6,007 ft.
Noble Knob, MBNF 6,011 ft.
Alta Vista, MRNP 5,940 ft.
Dog Mt., CRG 2,848 ft.
Beacon Rock, Beacon SP 848 ft.
Hurricane Hill, ONP 5757 ft.
Cascade Pass, NCNP 5,400 ft.
Cathedral Pass, Mt. Baker NF 4,850 ft.
Heather Pass, Okanagon NF 6,200 ft.
Maple Pass, Okanogan NF 6,600 ft.
Herman Saddle, Mt. Baker NF 5,400 ft.
Huntoon Point, Mt. Baker NF 5,250 ft.
Skyscraper Pass, MRNP 6,700 ft.
Sourdough Gap, MBNF 6,410 ft.
Roaring Winds, ONP 6,000 ft.
It is a list of all that I have done-most are walkups, but, hey, whatta I care-a summit is a summit to me :-D All were in Wa state.”
“now THAT is an impressive list!
you rock sarbar!”
“Wow, and I thought the ADK-46 was a cool goal to aspire for...
I believe I've just been served.”
“Thanks :-) 98% done with my son, Ford-starting when he was 4 years old. He is my main hiking partner besides Rainrunner.”
“"When I am above treeline, my heart and soul are as free as the raptor that soars above me".
I only hike in forest for these reasons:
To get to alpiney bliss
It's too high avalanche danger to snowshoe in winter
Yeah, I am an alpine wanker :-P”
“sarbar, I love that Elwah River pic on your website.”
“It is a list of all that I have done-most are walkups
Were the others crawl-ups? Run-ups? Slither-ups?”
“Wheeze-ups :-P You know, the ones where your heart is pounding, your legs are jello, and you collapse on the top...that's be Goat Mt.....lol!”
Alll with my two feet
“My list since 2000
Dix 4857’ (Adirondacks)
East Dix 4012’ (Adirondacks)
Marcy 5344’ (Adirondacks)
Haystack 4960’ (Adirondacks)
Giant 4627’ (Adirondacks)
Rocky Peak Ridge 4420’ (Adirondacks)
Gothics 4736’ (Adirondacks)
Armstrong 4400’ (Adirondacks)
Upper Wolf Jaw 4185’ (Adirondacks)
Lower Wolf Jaw 4175’ (Adirondacks)
Hurricane 3694’ (Adirondacks)
Cascade 4098’ (Adirondacks)
Porter 4059’ (Adirondacks)
Dial 4020’ (Adirondacks)
Nipple top 4620’ (Adirondacks)
Couchsachraga 3820’ (Adirondacks)
Santanoni 4607’ (Adirondacks)
Snowy 3899’ (Adirondacks)
Whiteface 4867’ (Adirondacks)
Esther 4240’ (Adirondacks)
Wright 4580’ (Adirondacks)
Algonquin 5114’ (Adirondacks)
Iroquois 4840’ (Adirondacks)
Big Slide 4240’ (Adirondacks)
Sawteeth 4100’ (Adirondacks)
Wittenberg 3780’ (Catskills)
Cornell 3860’ (Catskills)
Slide 4180’ (Catskills)
I would climb any of them again and again.”
“I live in Utah, so there.”
“Well, nothing TOO exciting in PA, MD, etc...
But I'll have Mt Fuji to add to my list in a few weeks!”
ADK High Peaks
“Done a few but Ambersand still sticks out in my mind as one of the most difficult. Anyone else try it?
I bagged Telescope with my camera from Death Valley. Does that count?”
“That would be Ampersand Mountain, if you are talking about the mountain in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, near Tupper Lake.”
“Mt Fuji. That's great!! I would like to bag that some day. Are you going to really climb it or take a car to Station 5 and go from there? Take your winter hiking clothes.”
“You lucky dog, Sarbar. What did you think of Cascade Pass? Thats got to be one of the most impressive places on earth. Mt. Johannesburg is so damn huge from there. Sahale is a pretty reasonable hike from there, ever get up there?
My list will have two added to it this year, Mt. Borah (12,000) and Shasta (14,100) if things go as planned.”
“Yes and Thanks ski, & mountain!”
“My crown jewel would be my first:
Iron Creek Point - 11,000' plus
Lemhi Range, Idaho.
It was my first Western hike. I was awe struck from the get-go. The hike was great great great.
On day three, I decided to try the peak that was looming above our camp. Dude says "go for it".
I packed the 10 essentials and struck out. I topped the saddle, and selected the route of choice with my binoculars.
I had to negotiate a snow chute on the way up. Mid-way across it, I looked down. Whoa! The seemingly tiny rocks below the chute were the size of a Buick. I had netiher crampons nor ice ax - just a stick. I continued (seein's how I'm a helluva man! lol!)
I had never heard the term "post holeing", but did the manuever by instinct.
I crossed scree, too. Then scrambled up solid rock.
Upon reaching the summit, I encountered a lone male mountain goat. He moved like a white shadow. Awesome.
I sat atop the peak and perused ranges and valleys as far as 200 miles away.
The Lost River Range, White Cloud Peaks, Salmon River Range, The Bitterroots. Pesimeroi Valley, Snake River Plain. Big Butte, Middle Butte.
And waaaaaaaaay off there? No... not the Tetons?
I sat til almost dusk.
That moment will never be superceded.
Not by Rainier.
Not by Everest...
The Mighty Mighty Tacoma has bagged several passes in excess of 10,000 ft, including an 11'er in CO.”
“One of the most De-licous passes I have crossed-and with a nifty solar toilet tucked in the woods to boot. Sahale is a great hike in teh late summer. Even with the icky road and mega long drive (it's in the middle of nowhere!!) the place is overcrowded. The parking lot alone can handle like 50 or more cars! But worth it, oh yes!
Of all of them, I think my favorite was Mt. Winchester, it sits between Mt. baker and the Canadian Border. It has one of the few fire lookouts left, and you can stay in it. The open air privy on the backside is a dream. 360* views :-D”
“I'm envious, Lumberzac and EarthNsky. I'd love to see Kleetn's list sometime, and see what I recognize. My list has a lot of Sierra Peaks, a lot of Washington Pk, and a few Idaho pks, but I've had 30+ years to accumulate it. I'm lucky to get in 5 to 7 backpacks a year now, and maybe a peak or two, and thats with 2 kids who are now old enough to backpack.”
“I'd like to bag all the notable peaks in the east and then some.. Then make my grand climb up the western ridges. All in good time though.
Roam - are we bagging any peaks during the Sodsfest?”
“Scorch, you bagged the Pinnacle, mightiest peak in SE PA”
“oh yeah, I need to add that to my list too!”
Well once I climbed like five mountains in the Rocky Mountains with this Girl-Guide chick and all I was wearing was a pair of jeans and a grey cotton tee-shirt. We found a cabin in the woods and found a Power Bar to eat, first thing I ate in like a week. But the radio in the cabin was all busted because the bad guys were chasing us in a helicopter.
Geez, that was Sylvester Stallone in "Cliffhanger".
Man, I thought that was me... Nope, I think I just got drunk in the Elk National Forest.”
“There was this terrible plane crash on top of the mountain and my brother wanted me to guide him to the top just so he could steal money and valuables left in the plane, but when we got to the summit, there was an Indian Princess alive in the wreckage!!!
That was Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner in "The Mountain"!”
There was the time I climbed the Eiger to kill a double agent spy.
you mean that was Clint????”
“peaks on the near horizon for me..
“Gojo, I've never even heard of Iron Creek Point, but you make it sound pretty interesting. I had a similar experience my 3rd time on Rainier, as the sun rose of a sea of clouds that hung at about 8000 feet, and we were about at the 12,000 foot level, a few thousand feet short of the summit. First Little Tahoma was sillouetted in the pink of dawn, then the clouds below us turned pink, and then they were a golden color, and we could see Mt. Stuart and the Stuart Range off in the distance, and Mt Adams and St Helens to the east. And from the top, we could see Hood and the 3 Sisters in Oregon. That was awesome, and I got a photo of the golden colored sea of clouds. Another photo of the glacier and crevasses from that morning on Rainier are on Phils photo page,
“I didn't include any you could drive up.
Mt. Aix (7766') in 1978
Little Annapurna (8440') in 1980 and 2002
Mt. Adams (12,276') in 1999
Mt. Stuart (9415') in 2000
Mt. St. Helens (8363') in 2001
Mt. Baker (10,778') in 2001
Mt. Rainier (got a bit past Camp Muir, 10,188') in 2001
Mt. Maude (9082') in 2002
Spider Glacier/Gap (7100') in 2003
Cloudy Peak (7915') in 2003
Helmet Butte (7366') in 2003
Mt. Daniel (7986') this summer
Mt. Lago (8745') this summer
Mt. Rainier (14,411') this summer (providing my climbing buddy is still up for it after Everest!)”
“Hey Comrade, you should head north to NY/New England -- the area's loaded with awesome peaks. And after 4th of July, the black flies aren't as bad anymore up there...”
“I plan on getting into the Daks sometime after July 4th”
“If you do any weekend trips to NY/NE in August, count me in. Late summer is great for the northern hills -- it's still pretty warm by day, but cools down nicely at night”
“Kleetn, I see some familiar places on your list. Little Annapurna means you've been to the Upper Enchantment Basin, which is one of the nicest places I've ever seen. I hope you went up via Colchuck lake, because via Snow Lakes is way harder.
Which way did you go up Stuart?
Mt. Maude, Baker, Aix, and most of your other ones, I've never done. Good luck on Rainier. Last time I tried it, I was just not in good enough shape, and we turned back at about 13,000' from altitude sickness.”
“My list is pretty thin if you looked at recent years, just a few trips per year, but its been ramping up the past few years as my kids get old enough to backpack. I try to get in a big peak each spring, just as an incentive to get in shape.
OK, here goes, with a list I assembled from memory recently. It may not be formatted to look very good:
So Cal Desert Peaks
Sheep Pk, my first backpack, with Wally Henry and a group of HS kids. I was a jr in HS.
Martinez Pk, peak climbed on Sheep trip
Mt. Baden Powell, San Gabriel Mtns, many winter ascents,
Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), San Gabriels, a 20 mile day
Mt. San Gorgonio (11499), a high desert Pk, climbed in snow with Wally and Y's Hikers
Throop, many ascents, mostly winter, once with a blind person
Burnham, many ascents, mostly winter
Olancha, (12123) an emblem peak and my first Sierra peak, I got altitude sickness on the way up, but made it to the top
Langley, 14,042, boy this was a beautiful hike to a nice lake below the peak. I did the climb with Wally and the Y's Hikers, and again with Mike and Wendy
Split, 14058, west face, class 3,another time from the east, class 3, a Sierra Club outing
Collosseum, 12473 SW slope, scree all the way
University Pk, 13632 via south face, class 1
Mount Keith 13977, a Sierra Club outing
Matterhorn 12264 up from the glacier, class 3-4, new route with Wally Henry (we got lost from the correct route) lightning struck the peak while we were on the top.
Whitney, 14495, via trail and mountaineer's route, class IV, spent night on top on last day of JMT hike
Ritter 13157, during JMT hike, class 3 and a lot of snow
Banner 12945, climbed on weekend hike, and during JMT hike
Bear Creek Spire, 13713, Note in "Climbers Guide to High Sierra": take nuts and slings, next time dummy
Darwin, 13830, attempt with Mike, got into real steep climbing
Agassiz, 13891, west slope
North Palisade, 14243, via Clyde variation, which is the only way to go on this peak, whether from the N or S. If from the N, drop down from the U notch to the start of the route, class 3, but with tricky route finding, and exposure, with Mike from the JMT
Middle Palisade, 14040, via the east face, class 3, with Wally Henry, this was pretty exposed
Thunderbolt Peak, 14000
Polomonium, 14000, class 4 from U notch, very exposed and scary.
Mount Bolton Brown, 13538
Sill, 14162, from the U notch
Pk 13390, SE of Sill, 0.2 miles, which we called Sucker Pk, because we climbed it thinking it was Sill
Cathredral Peak 10940, with Rick Jerome
Cockscomb Pk, 11040, with Rick Jerome
Unicorn Pk, 10880, with Rick Jerome
Dana Pk, 13053, with Rick Jerome in storm, spent several days in a tent, both of us with food poisoning.
Tyndall, 14018, via north face, class 3, and NW face, class 2
Diamond, 13126, an early Sierra Club outing
Dragon 12955, S. ridge, class 3
Black Mountain, 13289
Mt. Clarence King
Tunnebora, 13565, we found a Norman Clyde signature in the old register
Russell, 14086, information in the register about a ranger searching for a lost climber, found later dead from a fall on our route. We sheltered from lightning on the way down
Constitution, 13900, Pk east of Russel, placed register with Mike, 1969, again in 1971
Lone Pine Peak, 12944
Mount Bernard 13990
Pk 12723, 1.5 mi E f Bernard
Williamson, 14384, via SE ridge, with Mike, from George Creek, class 2, this was one of Mike and my first hikes without Wally Henry and not on a Y's hikers trip, we about froze on the summit, were very tired. There was snow most of the way up.
After 6 (5.6), my first experience with nuts and chocks, and I repeated this climb many times
After 7 (5.7) a little bit harder, also repeated many times
Churchbowl Chimney (5.6) man, that was scary to have a chimney 5 feet wide, straight up
Royal Arches (5.6, grade III), with Joe Schletz, we got to cross a very hard part by crawling across a log, which is since gone. Very exposed.
La Escuela (AI), an aid pitch at the foot of El Cap, very exposed and scary
Overhang Bypass (5.6, grade III) with Joe Schletz, went pretty smoothly
Overhang Bypass (5.6, grade III) with Gene Malone, got very scary when he froze up
Peaks in Washington
Rainier solo, ‘72 14410
Rainier with Marc ‘73
Rainier with Mike and Ken
Rainier attempt with VEC guys
Rainier attempt with Jim and Mary
Unicorn Pk, 6717 solo
Pinnacle Pk 6562 solo
Plummer Pk 6300 solo
Chair Pk 6238 class III, with Mark Gibson, one other time
Chickamin Pk attempt w Marc
Sahale, with Mark Gibson
Mixup, with Marc
LeConte, with Marc
Hurry up, with Marc
Magic Mtn, with Marc
Dome Pk, with Marc
Spire Point, with Marc
El Dorado, with Marc
Mt. Daniel, with Tuckie
Mt Hinman, with Dean Kurath
Cashmere Mtn 8501, with
Stuart, 9415 via Sherpa Glacier
Mt. Curtis Gilbert, 8201, in Goat Rocks
Adams on rescue on south side
Adams on rescue on glacier on n side
Adams with Jim and Mary Cook
St. Helens, with Linda Mahalik and friends, after blow
Hood, with Jim and Mary Cook
Prusik Peak attempt, with Mike and Jim
several routes on Castlerock, a climbing area in the Tumwater canyon
Trigger Finger, 5.7, Peshastin Pinnacles
a 5.8 route at Peshastin Pinnacles
Matterhorn Pk, 13590
Thompson with Jim and Mary
John Muir Trail ‘71
several 9 day hikes in the Sierra
Chelan Ski Trip, 5 day ski mountaineering trip
Tuck and Robin Lakes
Monte Christo with Mark
Lk Chelan to Darrington hike, via Image Lake
High Divide hike in Olympic Natl Park
Doseywallips hike in Olympic Natl Park
Hike from Lk Ozette to beach, triangle hike, with Sandy and kids
Hike from Lk Ozette to beach, triangle hike, with Ken
Spectacle Lake with Marc and Sandy
Ptarmigan Traverse with Marc and Ken Burger
Ptarmigan Traverse with Marc and Sandy
Ptarmigan Traverse with Mark Gibson
Traverse of Picket Range, Marc and Ken
Stuart Lake, many times, one was the "backpack from Hell"
Stuart Lake with Laura, Deah and friends
Necklace Valley with Tuckie
Boulder Lk with BSU class
Kane Lk with 03 BSU class
Bellas Lk with Smiths, Povalites 02
Betty Lk with BSU class
Boulder Lk with family 03
Moose lake with BSU class
Goat Lk with Ed, Kate, Alan, Jim 02
Sawtooth Lake, with Tuckie
Sawtooth Lake with Lou Fox
Sawtooth lake with Kerry Lindorfer 03
Bench lakes 03, with Gruvers and Lindorfers
Bench lakes 02, with Gruvers
Norton Lake 02
Baker Lake day hike 01
Washington Lake with Smiths 03
Loon Lake with BSU class
Soldier Lakes with BSU class
hike the long way to Sheep Lk
Hike with Tuckie to Sheep Lk, via mountaineer route”
“Idaho Bob -
Iron Creek Point lies SSE of Flatiron and SSW Portland. It overlooks Sawmill canyon.
I drove into Sawmill last fall, and followed unimproved FS roads to within a mile or so of the aforementioned saddle.”
“Belle and I did McGowan Peak, Sawtooths, ID. in '01.”
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