Check out the trip report for my climb of Mount Goode from 7/1 to 7/3 here.
Mount Goode is the highest point in North Cascades National Park standing at 9,206 ft (according to National Park Service map). The mountain is named after Richard U. Goode, pioneer geographer for the U.S. Geological Survey. The northeast buttress route was first ascended by the legendary Fred Beckey and his partner, Tom Stewart on August 6, 1966. On the route, we clipped an old Beckey piton from the 60’s and it was cool to think about Beckey’s first ascent of the buttress.
The photo above shows the Northeast Buttress (ridge crest down the center) rising magnificently from the Goode Glacier above our bivy site for the night. We were the first party to sign-in at the summit register this season. Aerial photos from 10 days ago showed the route quite snowy, but warm weather melted out the buttress entirely with small patches of snow conveniently interspersed to allow for hydration. The route is rated as Grade III with class 5.5 rock. We pitched out about 6 pitches and the rest was simul-climbing up the 2,700+ vertical feet of rock on the butress.
(Panorama shot of Goode from below the rock slabs we ascended to reach our bivy spot.)
I have now climbed all three 9,000+ peaks in the heart of North Cascades National Park – Mount Buckner (9,080 ft), Mount Logan (9,087 ft), and Goode (9,206 ft).
I have basically rested the entire day so far. I watched the world cup semi final match and wrote my trip report for the climb. I am now going to head over to my sister’s house for a BBQ so happy 4th of July everybody!