|Destination:||Yosemite Valley and Long's Peak|
|Timeframe:||April - June|
|Description:||A month in the valley and a trip up the Keyhole Route on Long's Peak in Colorado with my older brother. Setting the stage for longer trips to follow. Life would never be the same.|
Keyhole Route w/ Chip Cole
The 2nd of my mountain adventures with my older brother. Still in the air force he pulled some free time and we headed up into the park to have a go at the Keyhole Route. I was heading home from the Valley so this was good timing to hook up with Chip on my way east.
|Destination:||A major excursion: Yosemite, RMNP, Tetons, Winds, Bugs, Sierras, and back to the Valley to finish up.|
|Timeframe:||April - September|
|Description:||The first real road trip. The one that set the stage for so many to follow. We left NH late in April and I got back to North Conway around Labor Day. Those were the days. Hard to believe I was able to leave for months on end, do it on a shoestring budget and still have a job at EMS when I got back. Of course nothing lasts forever, but while it did, this was good.|
Springtime on Mt Whitney w/ Mary Erdei and Chip Cole - May 1975
Introduction to the Sierra. Late May, normal snow year. Pretty hot too. Back then the world was a different place and late May was not like it is today. We had the trail, the campsite and the mountain to ourselves. Priceless.
|Destination:||The beginning of almost 4 months away from home. A few cliimbs, but mostly a trip of exploration and getting to know the desert|
|Timeframe:||August - November|
Getting to know the North Cascades
I run hot and cold with the North Cascades. When the weather is great, I love it. When its bad, I start to think of Wyoming or California instead. Other than Liberty Bell & Prussik Peak (76), I knew little or nothing about the place With a copy of the old Spring / Manning hiking guide I gave myself a couple of weeks for a good intro to the range. After that I moved up to Lake Louise to catch up with my girl friends parents who were doing a trans Canada rail trip. I got in a few hikes there, but the weather was mostly grey so I made the big move down to Utah hoping to warm up a bit and get some sun.
|Destination:||A long varied trip from the end of July until the first week of November|
|Timeframe:||July - November|
|Description:||This was another two part adventure. Mary only had so much time given her teaching commitments. After she headed home I spent time in the Tetons, Enchantment Lake region, Wasatch, Canyonland, Escalante and the San Juans. I meet up with family and friends at most of these locations.|
Introduction to the Needles Range w/ Mary Erdei
Not sure how I found out about this place but I was keen to go there. Only problem was we couldn't take the train because of our dogs. So instead we did the long walk from Purgatory. Took two full days to get up into Ruby Creek drainage. Mary was drained by the time we got to Ruby Lake, so we didn't end up doing anything. I scrambled up some peak on the crest for the view, which was great, so I knew I'd be back.
Late fall backpacking on Handies Peak
The outdoor segment of the family was looking for a casual 3 day way to get up Handies. Formula: short hike to a good camping spot and a casual distance to the peak. Nice summit day in about 6-8 inches of new snow. Third morning the five of us we walked out. Perfect.
|Destination:||Back on the road to all the usual locations and some new ones.|
|Timeframe:||May - September|
|Description:||After my divorce I felt a strong need to get back to what I did best - travel and climb. Started with some backpacking in RMNP, Wasatch, San Juans and Elk Range before heading up to Cascades for almost a month of climbing, skiing and backpacking. After that it was Canada time and a return to the Bugs and Mt Robson. There was a bit of Lake Louise and a day at Smoke Bluffs at Squamish before the money ran out and it was time to head home and get some work. Throw in some family time coming and going, and all told I was gone three and a half months.|
Snowbird to Bell Canyon Traverse
When I lived in SLC, I loved the Wasatch backcountry. Even after I moved back east I came back a few more times as I still had friends living there. After the tragic death of Jay Wilson and the Whitons move to Wyoming in '91, I never went back.
Sneffels and Chicago Basin
The better part of a week split between a quick trip up the easy side of Sneffels and five nights on a loop up thru Chicago Basin and out via Ruby Creek.
Backpacking with my siblings
After Dave left for home I spent 10 days hiking and backpacking with my little sister MaryAnn, her husband Chuck and my older brother Chip. Chuck, MAC and I started with an overnight up at HIdden Peak, We followed that up with a day hike to Maple Pass and finished once Chip had joined us with a 4 day trip into Itswoot Ridge / Bachelor Meadows. All told, I was in the Cascades July 13th until August 7th. The only bad weather came during the last few days.
|Destination:||Fall in the Colorado and Utah w/ Betsy Harrison|
|Description:||A return to the Dez. We flew to Denver, headed up to Jackson to visit with Mark Whiton, drove down thru the Uintah / Wasatch Ranges and eventurally to the Moab Area. Later we moved over to the San Juans for some family time a couple of 14 ers. A really great three weeks.|
The mountain part of our 3 week tour of the West
After the Escalante adventure we moved over to Colorado and meet up with family in Ouray. We did a bit of peak bagging, cragging and an auto tour over one of the high passes. After that we were just about out of time and needed to get back to Denver for our flight home.
|Destination:||Late summer trip to Colorado, British Columbia and Wyoming|
|Timeframe:||July - September|
|Description:||Betsy and I drove out to hook up with Chip for his final 14'ers in Colorado. After that I wanted Bets to see the classic Needles Range in the San Juans. We took the train from Silverado and had a great time doing the Chicago / Ruby Lake loop. After she flew home I drove up to Jackson hooking up with Mike Keating. We then headed north to the Can Rocks where we promptly go our egos thrashed by the nature of climbing on limestone on Mt Sir Douglas. The looseness of that rock and the humiliation that went with it fresh in our minds we quickly headed south to the Winds and some classic solid granite. I still had a tick list I wanted to deal with. We tagged two of the three routes on that list. Ambush and Bollinger we got, Warrior One we didn't.|
North Maroon Bell and Pyramid Peak w/ Chip Cole
An amazing place with all sorts of opportunities, marred only by its popularity and proximity to Aspen
Chicago Basin Ruby Lake Loop w/ Betsy Harrison
Third trip to this wonderful region, marred somewhat by the presence of a NOLS camp in Upper Ruby Creek Basin. We also had a nice day doing Eulos.
|Destination:||A long road trip from late July to November served up in two parts. Went to Assiniboine, the Bugaboos, Challenger, Adams and Daniel. Other than a couple of routes I'd done before in the Bugs, I can up empty on the rest. Then Betsy flew into Seattle and we shifted into rock climbing mode. Went to Squamish, Smith, City and Red Rocks before making the long drive home in late November.|
|Timeframe:||July - November|
|Description:||Assiniboine to Red Rocks|
Day hikes along the Icefields Parkway & in the Kananaskis
After the long walk out from Magog Lake, Dave departed for home. Meanwhile, the good weather continued, so I stuck around. I spent some time doing some simple day hikes in the area.
|Destination:||Another trip to Assiniboine|
|Timeframe:||Juy - August|
|Description:||Better conditions than the year before. Notable also as it was the beginning of the 'troubles' that a year later would result in an appendectomy two weeks after getting home from Nepal.|
Hikes, scenics an a climb w/ Betsy Harrison
After Assiniboine we met Eric in Sedro Woolley where I promptly got very sick the next morning. It lasted all day and I ended up spending a bunch of time getting tests done in Pasco to find out why. Eventually we got back on track and spent a week back in the park before heading east to City of the Rocks where we meet up with my little sister and her family.