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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby ScottHanson » Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:21 am

Knee pain remains after eight weeks. I may have to watch from the sidelines this year. Read Bob's daily reports and check the stat sheet results. Bummer!! One thing worse from hiking slow is not hiking at all!
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Princess Buttercup » Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:51 pm

Scott, I remember trying to put in a few days on my bum knee in 2011. Justification was "If there really is something going on in there, I want to give the surgeon something to actually DO."

Sorry to hear about the knee, buddy. Wish my range extended a little further north... :(
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Bob Burd » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:23 pm

Sorry to hear the knee isn't getting better, Scott. You've still got some months, though. At worst, I'd be happy to pay you in beers to keep some cold ones at the TH for us on the return. :-)
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby ScottHanson » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:04 pm

A beer jockey! That sounds like a job I could handle, Bob! Maybe I could get some training here in the northwest! I started a PT program last week regarding knee pain, so at least I am conversing with the medical community. We'll see.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Bob Burd » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:55 pm

Michael Darter was the photographer that joined us for the 2011 Challenge and took the photos that appeared in Backpacker Magazine. He's recently put up an expanded collection that is quite nice and gives a good flavor of the event.

This one happens to capture Crown Point - the first stop on the 2013 Challenge:
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby DukeJH » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:21 am

No excuses folks. I did The Challenge last year with bitchin' tenodnitis in my foot. It's back again and I'm ready to go again this year.

Now, if I can just get a weekend away from this work thing that pays for my mountain habit I'd be able to figure out which obscure peaks Bob will be beating to and from.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby toxo » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:41 pm

Hey Burdman,

If Daria and I attend the Challenge will you let us simul-kiss you on your cheeks while photographic evidence is being captured?

I am not specifying which cheeks, lol
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Ze » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:15 am

booked and set up to finally attend a SC (for a few days). However I'd like to bag Matterhorn on the first day, anyone interested?
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Deb » Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:14 pm

Ze, I just may be more interested in Matterhorn. I haven't researched it yet but it seems more of a prize than Crown Point.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Ze » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:28 am

Sounds good, I'll makes sure to have beta. Start out at same TR. I think generally class 2, Whorl Mtn to the south is supposed to be more interesting technically but Matterhorn is an Emblem peak.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby WyomingSummits » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:19 pm

What is the car to car distance on these Sierra peaks during this challenge? Do you just go back to a town for dinner each night? We don't have a whole lot of peaks that close to the trailhead in Wyoming.......or that close to a town for that matter........or towns for that matter. :) Never mind......I need to get out of Wy/Mt more. :)
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby SeanReedy » Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:37 pm

^^^I've been thinking I need to get to WY/MT, but the Sierra and other CA ranges keep distracting me. Maybe I can hold off even longer based on that descriptor. :wink: I might suffer a bit too much if not in shape, but imagining them up there in the High Sierra 10 days in a row, dayhiking 10-30 miles with 3,000-10,000+ feet of gain always makes me a bit jealous. The timing generally falls during the busiest few weeks for work schedules in my household. I was thinking of making it for the weekends this year, but....

The Challenge is starting exactly six weeks after I had planned to dayhike Crown Point. I didn't do that hike as I broke my ankle on the warm up hike the day before. After waiting over a week and a half for surgery, I won't be healed by next weekend (hopefully by Labor Day), but I'll be looking forward to living vicariously through the reports and pics.


Ze and Deb, you probably know this--the parking lot would be the same, but you'd be on a different trail than for Crown Point from the outset. You could choose to make Matterhorn more exciting, but the normal class 2 route up the SE slope from Horse Creek Pass is mostly a scree slog at the end. Heading up the ridge as close to the pass as is reasonable makes for slightly firmer ground. The overall hike is interesting and scenic along the creek and falls most of the way, eventually passing through some rugged use-trail terrain, with great views at the top. If you cut up toward the peak early, crossing Horse Creek and heading west/up (from east/northeast of the peak), you'll find even better scenery, but I'd guess the east couloir would be sloggy this year...there are use trails to the couloir and climbing routes. You might be able to manage Whorl on the same hike. It is the same approach via Horse Creek Pass as Matterhorn, similar views, and might be more right up your alley as far as having fun on solid rock rather than scree and talus.

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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Deb » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:31 pm

Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the SC. Cardiac issues are taking me to the ER this weekend.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby artrock23 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:46 pm

I wish that I could make the SC, but August is hell month, work-wise. Oh well... it's better being busy than not having work.

Deb wrote:Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the SC. Cardiac issues are taking me to the ER this weekend.


:(

Hopefully it's only a temporary setback, Deb.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Princess Buttercup » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:18 pm

Hang in there, Deb. We'll just go back and ski those puppies this winter... ;-)
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