Route Climbed: Sylvan Lake Loop: Trail #4 up, #9 down Date Climbed: Sept 18, 2002
Headed over to SD to visit the Needles, but after a night thunderstorm, Josh and I headed up this state high point instead. Started raining at the summit and in earnest when we got back to the car. On the way down, we saw about 12 or so kids in sweatshirts on their way up. Wonder how they're doing now. There are flash flood and high wind warnings in effect for the region now; 44°F in town. I haven't seen this much rain in ages - you definately get spoiled in the Sierras. My 7th state highpoint.
Route Climbed: Harney Peak-Willow Creek Trail (Northern Route) Date Climbed: 08/17/2001
Hiked from the Willow Creek Horse Camp to the summit of Harney Peak on a beautiful summer day. Took about 2 hours to reach the summit. Had lunch at the top and then headed down. This was my third ascent of Harney, and the second time up the northern route. I definitely recommend the northern route for people wanting a little more of a challenge, and a lot more solitude along the way. I basically used Harney Peak to acclimate myself to climb Cloud Peak, WY (13,167 ft) a couple of days later, since I live in Illinois.