USGS McGREGOR MOUNTAIN

NAME ELEV.     SADDLE   PROM. JWR
McGregor Mountain 8122     6000   2122 8/12/1984
Frisco Mountain 7760 +   7280   480 10/12/1975
Mount Benzarino 7720 +   7040   680 7/25/1976
McGregor BM (1') 7424     6920   504 8/11/1984
Obscure Peak' fa 6980     6480   500 8/12/1984

 

Mount Benzarino  7720+   P680

USGS McGregor Mountain

Map

July 25, 1976

Solo on the two 7720+ peaks on left, where the map name is located.

June 16, 1984

on the other three 7720+ contours (5 total) on right, when this photo was taken from Corteo

Thanks to Russ Kroeker

When this was soloed on 7/25/76, up the left ridge in this photo, approaching from Maple Pass, there was no evidence of previous ascent on top.  At that time, I knew of Harry Majors' note in Exploring Washington (1975) stating that Lage Wernstedt had climbed Benzarino in 1926 (p. 45, note 229).  On our 1984 climb the NE summits were at least partially covered in snow.  In 1976, the possibility of Wernstedt's climb was suspect to me, but when the first ascent history of Washington's 100 Highest Peaks was being researched (12/2004), and Harry Majors came up with Lage's photo numbers on Benzarino, his case was made.  So I'm taking this one off the FA shelf, but this was such a nice photo, and a piece of mountain history that is not in CAG that I decided to at least leave it on this page.