| Mount Rogers and Mount Warren- Final 13ers
Mount Rogers and Mount Warren- Final 13ers
The internet is an amazing thing. Saturday, September 13th, I finished climbing Colorado's 637 ranked summits over 13,000'. With careful planning, I managed to make this goal coincide with 2,000,000' lifetime elevation gain. As far as I knew, the only people who were aware were those who were on the summit with me and none of those people post on the internet forums. I am a bit embarrassed to post it on the internet; it feels like bragging (on the other hand, I also feel like bragging!). I ticked my last two peaks off on the LOJ site and within hours, I had tons of notes from well wishers. Seems Sarah Thompson watches LOJ and the two big forums pretty closely! Thanks everyone!!
Since I can't figure out how to stick photos in a post, I'll stick this in the TR section. Maybe it can be moved later. For those who asked:
We went up Rogers first, making Mt. Warren my final peak over 13K.
Who was with me?
All but one of the climbers with whom I've climbed a significant # of peaks (Matt Sherman couldn't make it): Mark Schmalz (200+), Lynn Prebble and Marlyn Peet (100+), Carson Black and Linda Jagger (about 50). Others included very good friends from age 15 months to 75 years; we were 18 in all. Some climbed Warren alone and met the rest of us there.
I'm also trying to climb all the officially named but unranked peaks over 13.000' on the list published in Martin and Garratt's 13er guide. Maybe finish next year? I'd like to try to climb all the 14ers in calendar winter; several safe and lucky winters away. Not planning on the 12ers. I'll have a lot more fun doing new routes with experienced climbers and repeating old peaks with climbers who want someone along who has some experience with the peak. I like to come along with people who are tackling peaks that have them a bit anxious.
I'm hoping my friends send more photos. Most of my best were badly backlit (especially on Warren). But here are a few.
Mark Schmalz, My daughter Alise, Lynn Prebble, Carson Black and Mark Prebble start the trek up Mount Rogers
A close up of Mark Schmalz, Alise, and Lynn Prebble. Lynn kept telling Alise (9) that she would outgrow Lynn (not 9) by the next time they hiked together.
Lynn plotting her next move
Mark Schmalz in a typical piss-poor mood
Alise and Dad on Mt. Rogers
Alise enjoying her first mountain goat sighting
Linda meets Dad and Alise on Mt Warren. My friend Marlyn waited there with her until we arrived. Linda's side of the banner read "Peace out! Sweet Man! Awesome Dad!" Alise wrote "Love You". Guess which is the new middle schooler.
I'd like to show you more of the good friends who joined me, but someone will have to send me good photos. Thanks for all the good tidings.
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