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Object Title: Because of my Knee Surgery

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Page By: BobSmith

Created/Edited: Jun 23, 2011 / Jun 23, 2011

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My Hike of Avalanche Peak

As I sit here recovering from knee surgery (conducted on June 21, 2011), I present this photo album of my hike last year to the summit of Avalanche Peak in Yellowstone National Park. This was the very first mountain I have climbed that was more than 10,000 feet in elevation. I chose it because the hike seemed straightforward, was devoid of any technical climbing, and was relatively short in both mileage and duration. Also, it would be the best opportunity for a hike after a couple of days of acclimatizing to high elevation, after having spent a couple of nights sleeping at, or above, 8,000 feet above sea level.

I'd never been to country so high, and I didn't know whether or not I'd  
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suffer from anything like altitude sickness. So to be safe I figured a few days of easy day hikes around the park were in order before I hiked what, to me, was a big peak.

My son was going to hike the mountain with me, but the day before he got a pretty bad cut on his foot and so he decided to wait for me at the car while I made the hike. Just as we got to the parking area, we spotted a grizzly bear in a field near the road. I was able to get a number of shots of the bear. This was one of my major goals on this trip--to see a griz. The bear did not like us and he took off a moderate pace, apparently wanting nothing more than to keep a lot of space between himself and us. I got some shots of him with the regular lens, but by the time I got the telephoto lens on the camera he was pretty far away and I only got three quick photos of him before he descended into a small gully and vanished for good.

It was thinking of the grizzly bear that I began the hike alone.

Now I'm waiting for the knee to begin healing and dreaming of past hikes and future summits.

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The Griz I Saw

The Griz I Saw

View from the Summit

View from the Summit

Hoyt Peak from the Saddle

Hoyt Peak from the Saddle

Wonder

Wonder

Hoyt from Avalanche Peak Trail

Hoyt from Avalanche Peak Trail

To the Left

To the Left

What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?

Through the Dead Pines

Through the Dead Pines

Dead Pines

Dead Pines

Flower

Flower

Griz

Griz

Absaroka Panorama

Absaroka Panorama

Succulent Blossom

Succulent Blossom

Hoyt and Absarokas

Hoyt and Absarokas

Heading Up!

Heading Up!


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chugach mtn boyNice collection

chugach mtn boy

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Avalanche was my first 10,000-footer too, July 4, 1976. You should link the album to the Avalanche Peak mountain page!
Posted Jun 23, 2011 8:17 pm

BobSmithRe: Nice collection

BobSmith

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Will do!
Posted Jun 23, 2011 9:25 pm

MarkDidierHere's to...

MarkDidier

Voted 10/10

...a speedy recovery! What happened with the knee? Hopefully you'll be all healed and ready for some nice hiking sooner than later.

Take care!
Mark
Posted Jun 23, 2011 9:22 pm

BobSmithRe: Here's to...

BobSmith

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Thanks! Wear and tear and finally a serious injury (meniscus tear) from my work as a letter carrier. My surgeon tells me I should be able to start some modest hikes in about a month or two.
Posted Jun 23, 2011 9:27 pm

Sarah SimonAll the best

Sarah Simon

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Also wishing you a speedy recovery. I popped my LCL (not badly...) right before my summit attempt of Mt. Whitney. I'm like: "Damn the knee, I've got a permit, airfare and rental car reserved!!! Agh! If this thing doesn't heal, I'll go insane!"

I hope you're back up and at 'em in no time!

Sarah
Posted Jun 24, 2011 4:25 pm

BobSmithRe: All the best

BobSmith

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Thanks! I'm already hobbling about, so I'm hoping I'll be hiking again in just a few weeks, as my surgeon suggested.
Posted Jun 24, 2011 7:14 pm

BobSmithRe: Good luck

BobSmith

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Thanks! So far, so good. I'm already hobbling around!
Posted Jun 25, 2011 1:29 am

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