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Re: [OM] Reaching the Top

Subject: Re: [OM] Reaching the Top
From: Wayne Shumaker <om3ti@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:58:54 -0700
At 9/1/2020 09:39 AM, AK wrote:
>500 Yards of Moose wrote:
>> Nice!
>> Nope Moose
>Thank you. The climb was rewarded with some very nice photographic
>opportunities. If it wasn't for the camera, I'd have probably turned
>around. However, if you should ever get a wild hair and come up here
>to visit, I promise plenty of photographic things that are available
>at or near a vehicle. The neat thing about Alaska is that there is
>something incredible for everyone. It doesn't matter if you are into
>extreme stuff or wheelchair-bound, the key is to just be here.
>As to the climbing nastiness, I was going to say that the really
>gnarly stuff came after where that photograph was taken, but that's
>not entirely true because this trail had stretches of rice pudding,
>punctuated by large bites of Habanero Peppers. For visitors, I'll save
>this hike until the end of their visit. :)
>Last week's climb up Harp Mountain was very different. It's only a 4
>mile round-trip hike, vs., 7 mile with Mt. Magnificent. However, Harp
>has no gentle bits, it's just a grind uphill. Mt. Gordon Lyons is the
>other close mountain, and that's actually pretty nice. You start out
>at the parking lots for the Arctic Valley ski slopes and go up a
>valley, turn left at the ridge and just power your way up to the top.
>It's steep enough to get your attention, but it's not "oh bloody heck"
>steep. Down in Anchorage is Flattop Mountain, which is the most
>popular climb. It's ok, until the final rise and it's hands-and-feet
>nasty. Flattop is the "right of passage" for becoming an adult in
>Alaska. Every child has to do it. Those that survive become adults,
>those that don't--well, herd thinning.

You were about to turn my off of Alaska saying the peaks are already getting 
snowed over. Last year ankle surgery kept me down, but now I'm ready to hit 
some peaks.

A facebook friend has been hiking Washington state. Last few photos were in the 
Glacier Peak area. I hate to say, but some of his phone photos rival what you 
have been posting. My next move from AZ might be up toward Washington state or 
Oregon. As one person put it, the desert is not for everyone.

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