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PostFri Aug 01, 2014 9:21 am 
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Heather and I went back for one more Top 100 Pasayten Peak, our 5th in 5 days.  We started at the Robinson Creek trailhead in the morning and it was already hot.  Highs for Mazama were predicted to be over 100.

nom nom nom
nom nom nom
trail blockers
trail blockers

We turned right onto the boot path just past Beauty Creek.  Half way up the path we came to a horse and a mule blocking the way.  An old man explained to us that he was "doing trail work to make the trail suitable for stock".  He was clearing the trail of large stones in all of the talus slopes.

more open near the creek
more open near the creek
upper cirque basin
upper cirque basin
the tarn
the tarn

We came to an open slope after a creek crossing and turned left uphill.    It was steep for 400 feet and then we had to bushwhack though small trees.  I found travel was easier the closer we stuck to the creek.  Eventually we reached the tarn in the upper cirque basin.  Above us was the scree slope leading to a notch which I had heard about for years.  Everyone said it was a terrible slope.

crappy scree
crappy scree

Sure enough, it was a miserable hour getting up to the southeast ridge.  Near the top the scree was thin over a harder under-layer.  I moved onto the rocks to the right and scrambled the rest of the way.

Bonanza, The Needles, Glacier
Bonanza, The Needles, Glacier
Beauty Peak
Beauty Peak
scree above the notch
scree above the notch
false summits
false summits

Above the notch we ascended more loose scree until the ridge offered more solid rock.  It was still a long way to the summit, a mile or so.  At one point we thought we could see the summit but it turned out to be another false one.  Most of the ridge is walk-able but there are several sections that require scrambling.

I thought this was the summit, but it's not
I thought this was the summit, but it's not
bypass some of these points on the left
bypass some of these points on the left

A few of the smaller points on the ridge can be bypassed on the left (southwest) side.  Just before the true summit is a steep narrow section with exposure on both sides.  From below it looks intimidating, but starting up it we found it was much easier than appearances suggested.  Easy class 3.

the summit finally visible
the summit finally visible
looking at the crux section
looking at the crux section
exposed scrambling
exposed scrambling
follow the arrow
follow the arrow
Point 8460
Point 8460

On the summit we watched 4 different fires and ate melted chocolate.  This was Heathers 9th Bulger peak and my 49th.  It's awesome to see her taking an interest in this sort of peakbagging.  With her endurance and drive, I'm sure she could pass me up on this list in hurry.

Silverstar and a big fire to the south
Silverstar and a big fire to the south
Osceola and Carru
Osceola and Carru
summit
summit
descending
descending
screeing
screeing

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PostFri Aug 01, 2014 11:16 am 
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I enjoyed the scrambly sections on Robinson when I did it a few years ago. We bivied at that tarn, I still think it was the best nights sky I have ever seen.
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PostSun Aug 03, 2014 4:38 pm 
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That scree is just nasty at this time of year. I do love that tarn!  smile.gif
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PostSun Aug 03, 2014 6:18 pm 
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You're getting in a lot of miles! Congrats on another top 100.

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PostSun Aug 03, 2014 9:49 pm 
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up.gif Nice pics looks pretty clear.

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PostSun Aug 03, 2014 10:04 pm 
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Love your account of her 9th and your 49th
I recall when I put Kathy on the 100 spreadsheet in 1992.  She had 7 and I had had 53.  We've both finished and are doing more peaks all the time.  It's a great journey.

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