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3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby tmathews » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:00 pm

d_baker wrote:
Floyd wrote:
USAKeller wrote:Image


Mike, nice pose there buddy. This one has some excellent photoshop potential. You couldn't have just held the brownies in front of Kevin's chest?


Scot, there's an even better picture of that pose that Kevin B has.
You guys sure that's frosting?


If it's not frosting, Papi has exceptional aim.


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!?!?!?!

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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby wildlobo71 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:07 pm

tmathews wrote:
If it's not frosting, Papi has exceptional aim.


And here I thought being able to write my name with my feet when I was four was skill... Props! :P
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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby tmathews » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:38 pm

wildlobo71 wrote:
tmathews wrote:
If it's not frosting, Papi has exceptional aim.


And here I thought being able to write my name with my feet when I was four was skill... Props! :P


Modesty is not one of your faults, Bill. ;) :mrgreen:

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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby blindmule » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:53 pm

Congrats to the 3 of you. There were 3 climbers about 2 hours behind you that day. One of us, Mickey's Grenade, celebrated No. 100, too. Congrats to him as well. Certainly not an easy task.
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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby kimo » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:02 am

Congratulations, Mike, Kevin, and Sarah! Solid crew, beautiful mountain, and a great reason to celebrate!

A few pics from the weekend...


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blindmule wrote:There were 3 climbers about 2 hours behind you that day. One of us, Mickey's Grenade, celebrated No. 100, too.


Congrats to MG. I believe we met him on MHC this past winter. Here's a pic of what I believe is your group on RGP as we were leaving Window Peak.

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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby sunny1 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:45 am

Strong work, guys! Congrats - that's an awesome accomplishment, celebrated on a beautiful mountain! =D>
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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby wooderson » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:14 am

First I’d like to thank my sponsors, Jimmy John’s and Modus Hoperandi… 8)

But seriously, while JJs and Modus played a significant role in my completing the top 100, Papi and I couldn’t have done it without the help of a lot of folks on this site. Getting to know some really exceptional people over the past few years has been the best thing about pursuing this goal. We had such a great group on RGP (and others) this weekend... thanks to you all for making it one of the most fun and memorable trips I've ever had.

I’ve also been lucky enough to have my best friend and most important person in my life with me on each one of these peaks. When Kevin and I moved here from Michigan in 2007, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Started with day hikes in RMNP and soon progressed to sleeping at trailheads nearly every weekend.

And it’s really just the beginning… it feels good to have finished this list, but we’re by no means “done.” There’s a lot more peaks out there. As Papi would say, “These are great days we’re living.”

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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby sgladbach » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:08 am

Wheeeee!! Seen a bit along the way, eh? Looking forward to more adventures with all three of you!
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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby Papillon » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:29 am

The planets definitely aligned for this one. I think Mike and I have been talking about an RGP finish for a couple of years. Our friendship began when he and lordhelmut showed up at my hotel room in Durango around 11 PM a few summers ago. We spent July 4 on Pigeon and Turret and the rest is history. I think it is fitting that the photo below was taken by Kevin Baker (another great partner) that day.

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Sarah and I would not have reached this goal without the assistance of others. We've had a lot of help along the way. I've always said that success in the mountains of Colorado is attributed to two things - great weather and great partners. In addition to Mike and Kevin, I'd like to say thank you to summitlounger, benners, Steve G., Modus Joe W., lordhelmut, Darin "Shock D" Baker, and all the others playing this crazy game.

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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby USAKeller » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:58 am

Papillon wrote:...Modus Joe W...

Ha! 6.8% x 2! I'd be toast.
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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:19 am

Modus is legit but where's the love for ESB and True Blonde!??

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Re: 3 Centennial finishers on Rio Grande Pyramid

Postby Presto » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:08 pm

by wooderson » 05 Sep 2012, 09:14
First I’d like to thank my sponsors, Jimmy John’s and Modus Hoperandi… 8)


:iluvbeer: :iluvbeer: 8) Ahh, yes, Modus ... now, that's a worthy sponsor for sure.

by wooderson » 05 Sep 2012, 09:14
I’ve also been lucky enough to have my best friend and most important person in my life with me on each one of these peaks. When Kevin and I moved here from Michigan in 2007, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Started with day hikes in RMNP and soon progressed to sleeping at trailheads nearly every weekend.

And it’s really just the beginning… it feels good to have finished this list, but we’re by no means “done.” There’s a lot more peaks out there. As Papi would say, “These are great days we’re living.”


You're getting me a little misty-eyed. What a very nice comment on a really nice guy.

The Man and I were talking about you guys this weekend. May you both have many, many more summits in your future. Happy trails! :-D
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