Cashmere Mountain My Final Bulger Peak / 羊絨山我的最終巴爾杰峯

Cashmere Mountain summit with Stuart Range
Cashmere Mountain summit with Stuart Range

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Cashmere Mountain marked the last of my Bulger peaks. It was a six-year-long journey chasing after the 100 highest peaks of Washington. Aka Bulger List. The difference between this list and the strict 400-foot prominence list is seven peaks. That means one can first complete one of the two. Then by climbing seven more high points, they’d also complete the other list.

The Lowdown on Cashmere Mountain

Access: Eightmile Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 3280′-8501′

Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available

Cashmere Mountain

Funny how things work out in life sometimes. I thought Cashmere Mountain was my first Bulger peak at first. But it ended up being the last. When I climbed the mountain the first time, weather conditions were terrible with weak visibility. So as a result, I ended up summiting the peak half a mile west of the main summit. But I was happy to revisit the mountain and finish on a high, but low-key, note.

Cashmere Mountain is also one of the 10 Bulger peaks in The Enchantments. Earlier in the season, I planned a backpacking trip with friends to climb the mountain. Somehow, I’ve always had the suspicions that I never summited the first time. But sadly, the weather didn’t want to cooperate. So I canceled the outing the day before the trip.

Little Eightmile Lake
Little Eightmile Lake

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The Bulger Journey

In retrospect, the times I shared with my two dear Labrador Retrievers were the most rewarding. I couldn’t have thanked them enough for giving me the best years of their lives. They had accompanied me to places in no man’s land deep in the Cascades. Together, we shared many first and most memorable experiences.

Among those first experiences were our first camping trip, our first big mountain, and our first craggy ridge traverse. There were also many learning moments, including safety, route finding, and navigating through different types of terrain. Inevitably, there came a time when I had to leave the dogs behind. The climbs started to become more technical.

Little Eightmile Lake
Little Eightmile Lake

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The Show Must Go on

Black pup ended his journey with us after one of our backpacking trips in 2013. He needed a TPLO surgery on the right knee. The yellow dog continued to go with me on technical climbs that didn’t require a rope. Our last Bulger trip together was climbing the Chelan Slam over the Fourth of July weekend. It’s a group of peaks west of Lake Chelan. At the time, I thought those were my last Bulger peaks. But then I decided to revisit Cashmere Mountain to set the record straight.

It was reassuring and rewarding to see the mountain in full view finally. I was able to put closure to this chapter.

Stuart Range lineup
Stuart Range lineup

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