One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest (see album is the rugged Cascade range of mountains. Dan's trying to climb the hundred highest mountains in Washington state (the ``Bulger List''). As of August '06, he'd done seventy-nine.
Here we see Dan on the blocky West ridge of Forbidden Peak - one of the
easier routes in Fifty Classic Climbs in North America.
This shot is rather tame - Star Mt. is in the background. Star is
pretty big, but like most of the peaks in Eastern Washington, it's not
quite as rugged.
In the summer of '94 Dan and his buddy David Cummings
went into the Pickett
range (just South of the Canadian border) for an eight day trip. This
shot shows Outrigger Peak (a spur summit of Mt. Fury) - it's about as
remote as you can get in the lower 48.
Dan's favorite climbing partner is his wife, Margaret.
Here's a topo of a fun solo day trip Dan did in July '03. Starting from
Barlow pass, there's a 4.2 mile mountain-bik ride to Monte Cristo. Dan
did the loop counter-clockwise, but this meant descending the
crevassed glacier to the E of the WIlman's Peaks without being able to
see the crevasse patterns - not advisable. Plus the trail down from
Poodle Dog pass is much more pleasant to descend than the one from
Glacier Basin, so clockwise is recommended. The scramble up
Wilman's peak was class 3/4, but the West Ridge of Columbia was 2/3. A
beautiful area and fun circuit.
weld at cs.washington.edu