I’ve been thinking about this post for a couple weeks now, basically I couldn’t figure out how I would summarize my summer and fall in a single post. It really is a daunting task to put all of my thoughts and memories of the 47 peaks that I’ve stood on top of in the last four months in a blog post. Tonight I decided to let the images I’ve taken be my voice.
June 7th I was looking at different peaks online, trying to decide what peaks I would focus my efforts on in the coming summer and I came across a list of peaks. The list was comprised of the 100 highest peaks in the state of Oregon. I had no idea on how the list of peaks would affect my life. For a few days I kept thinking about the list and how incredible it would be to have the opportunity to stand on the highest peaks in the state of Oregon. Prior to discovering the list I climbed Mt. Hood numerous times along with a few other of the high peaks, but it was the lesser known peaks that intrigued me. I really don’t think there was an “angels singing” moment, but I did find my self in planning mode. Looking back at my first blog post on my website I thought if I climbed 20 peaks this year I would be happy and satisfied, boy was I wrong. I originally thought that it would take 4 years to complete the list and here I am at 46 at the end of October with two months remaining in the year, I will get to 50 before December 31st, 2010. I’ve adjusted my time line and now my goal is to be finished by the end of September in 2011, I know a little ambitious, but I always love a challenge.
June 18, 2010 – Elkhorn Peak and Rock Creek Butte, Elkhorn Mountains.
June 25th, 2010 – China Cap, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, Wallowa Mountains.
July 2, 2010 – Peak 8525, Elkhorn Mountains.
July 16, 2010 – Petes Point and beyond! Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
July 24, 2010 – Crown Point, Elkhorn Mountains.
July 30, 2010 – Matterhorn and Sacajawea, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
August 8, 2010 – Red Mountain, Elkhorn Mountains. (The gem of the Elkhorns)
August 13, 2010 – Eagle Cap, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
August 21, 2010 – Chimney Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
September 3, 2010 – Traverse Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
September 10th, 2010 – Peak 8880, Elkhorn Mountains. (My last Elkhorn Peak from the list)
September 18, 2010 – China Cap, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
September 24, 2010 – Kiger/Mann Ridge, Steens Mountains.
October 2, 2010 – South Sister, Three Sisters Wilderness Area. (Third Highest Mountain In Oregon)
October 15, 2010 – Monument Rock, Monument Rock Wilderness Area.
Just another four peaks and I’ll be at the halfway mark! Snow is already falling in the high country so my trips will be limited to close accessible peaks.
I’m actually looking forward to the challenges winter will bring, time to dust off the snowshoes!