The mountains beckonAugust 4th 2006 was the day to begin the tram ride towards paradise. The day before consisted of our nine hour drive from Newport to the town of Joseph. All summer we were restricted to weekend climbs due to jobs and other responsibilities, now the time had come for a real adventure. The Wallowas seemed the perfect place to make it happen.
Climbing begins-1st day
Ontop of Mount Howard we eagerly put on the packs and raced toward east pk. Once the route steepend we slowed a bit and our crowd became divided with different speeds. Once atop East pk we took a short break to re-group and eat some food. We repeated this after making the summit of Hidden pk. The ridge walk was a fun route with amazing views of the high wallowas. Next summit was big Aneroid Mountain, there we took a longer break to wait for our slowest member, Kenneth. For some reason he packed around 15 days worth of food for 5 days. I believe his pack was over 60 lbs, ha. We decended Aneroid and camped at Dollar lake. Later that evening Gabe and I climbed up Dollar Ridge.
The next day we Succeeded in making the summit of Bonniville via the rocky, south ridge. Another rocky ridge dropped north to other cool looking peaks so we continued on.
The final day was a powerhike to civilization to find the nearest milkshake.
Note: This trip report is quite short and summarized because the day after our return i had to go straight to the hospital for shoulder surgery because of a previous injury. I typed this all with one hand! Many months of rehab and mountain cravings await me.