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Ascent of Goode Mountain on 2011-08-21

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Date:Sunday, August 21, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goode Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9200 ft / 2804 m

Ascent Trip Report

This trip was a special one: we climbed both Storm King and Goode from the south side for efficiency so that we could climb both peaks on the same trip. On Storm King we dedicated a summit register to our friend John Arum, and husband of Susan Hormann. John died on Storm King on August 28th, 2010. He was 49 years old and had completed 85 of the Bulger Peaks. About John:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/rescuers-plan-difficult-retrieval-of-seattle-climbers-body/

https://youtu.be/KDufly7-2mo

On 08/19 we drove from Seattle to Field's Pt Landing, took the ferry to Stehekin and hiked to camp at 2 mile on Park Creek. On 08/20 we hiked up south slopes of Goode and Storm King to a bench at 7,200 feet and set up camp, then left camp and climbed Storm King via a steep, broken-rock gully (takes gear) to the notch in the ridge, then traversed across the north face to a short, steep, solid-rock, 5th class rock step and we climbed to the summit (a roped pitch). On the summit of Storm King we had a very special ceremony in honor of John Arum, with unexpected surprises and an occurrence that stirred our souls. For the descent we reversed our ascent route and descended to camp. On 08/21 we climbed Goode via the SW Couloir Route (cool route! If you do it, and there is no snow in the couloir, I recommend to climb the brown dyke on climber's left of gully, to the gully headwall, then traverse (thin traverse, can take gear) across the top of the gully to the right side and ascend broken rock easily to the ridge; cross the ridge to the north and traverse the north face of Goode to the NE Buttress route and climb to the summit; reverse the route (rappel to the traverse). When you are back in the SW Couloir, note the rappels take you down into the gully, so cross the gully when you get off the end of your rope and get back into the brown dyke which is now on descender's right and downclimb out of the SW Couloir. We returned to our camp at 7,200 foot bench. We chilled out, and enjoyed a gorgeous evening on the high bench. Considering this was a climb in honor of John, and Dave's completion of the Bulger List, we were in no rush to leave. On 08/22 we hiked out to Bridge Creek camp. On 08/23 we hiked to High Bridge. Ranger Sonya gave us a lift to Stehekin. The Park Rangers, many who were involved in the Search and Rescue/Body recovery of John, wanted to talk with Susan. We took the ferry out of Stehekin back to Field's Pt Landing and drove home to Seattle in the PM of 08/23.

Storm King was David Salinger's 100/100 summits of the Bulger List. I completed the Bulger List the following weekend on Jack Mountain.
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