This year I'd like to call it something like the Fifth Annual Steve Gladbach Memorial 14ers Winter Welcomer.
Steve was all about winter. He's the guy whose generosity in taking us up Quandary that early November day in 2009, kicked off, at least for me, the idea of a Winter Welcomer. All about giving back and introducing others to the concept that 14ers can be done during snow season. Steve also loved our 14ers.com community. While he was a member of other related communities, I believe in my heart that we were his number one home, and the place he would always come back to.
So yes, let's celebrate Steve's life, his mentoring, his accomplishments, and his love for the 14ers.com community, with another Winter Welcomer this year.
I thought about having it on a different peak this year. But since the last four have been on Quandary, around Halloween, perhaps we should continue the tradition.
All input welcome.
BTW - last year's conditions were particularly brutal. Let's keep an eye on the weather as things get close. For the other three years, we had great weather - even with some fringe benefits two years ago. Let's hope for that.