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Male, 45 years old

Seattle, Washington, United States

Power = 38 (Vote Weight = 63.19%)

Occupation: dutifully employed

Website: http://curtissimo

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These are my selected peak-bagging highlights by elevation group:

Citlalt├ępetl 2006

Tahoma 1998, 2009
Shasta 2009
Malintzin 1998, 2006

Ajusco 2014
Koma Kulshan 2009
Wy-East 1997
Dahkobed 1999
Pah-to 1996, 2010
Big Sister 2010
Lassen Peak 2008

Kesh yainatat 2013
LuWit 1995, 1999
Mazama 2008
Teofani 2006
Yolotepec 1999, 2006
Queest Alb 1999
Huayna Picchu 1995

Kaleetan Peak 2009
Mount Angeles 2008
Mt. Washington 2007
Kimta Peak 2000

The person whom I have found most eloquently reflects my thoughts on the mountains was Theodore Winthrop, who visited the great NW in the 1850s and wrote about his adventure in Clallam & Clatsop, aka Saddle & Canoe.

On the true names of the Cascade volcanoes:

"Farthest away in the west, as near the western sea as mountains can stand, are the Cascades. Sailors can descry their landmark summits firmer than cloud, a hundred miles away. [Koma] Kulshan, misnamed Mount Baker by the vulgar, is their northernmost buttress up to 49┬║... Its name I got from the Lummi tribe at its base, after I had dipped in their pot at a boiled-salmon feast. As to Baker, than name should be forgotten. Mountains should not be insulted by being named after undistinguished bipedals, nor by the prefix of Mount. Mt. Chimborazo... seems as feeble as Mr. Julius Cesar."

On the allure of the mountains in general:

Poet comes long after pioneer. Mountains have been waiting...while mankind looked upon them as high, cold, dreary, crushing, as resorts for demons and homes of desolating storms. It is only lately, in the development of men's compreshension of nature, that mountains have been recognized as our noblest friends, our most exalting and inspiring comrades, our grandest embems of divine power and divine peace.

On the joy of long or far away wilderness trips:

"To have started with the dawn is a proud and exhilerating recollection all the day long... Tame and inarticulate is the harmony of a day that has not known the delicious preludes of dawn."

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My Mountains & Rocks (5)
Yellow Hill (The Teanaway)
Inferno Cone (Craters of the Moon National Monument)
Maiden Peak (Olympic Range (WA))
My Routes (2)
direct ridge ascent (Cerro Cebadero)
My Trip Reports (1)
Gray Butte (Gray Butte)

Climber's Logs I've Signed (117)
Mountains & Rocks (117)
Panorama Point (U.S. State Highpoints)
Bear Butte (Black Hills SD)
Horseshoe Mountain (Pasayten Wilderness)
Armstrong Mountain (Pasayten Wilderness)
Black Elk Peak / Harney Peak (U.S. State Highpoints)
Camelback Mountain (Phoenix Mountains and Neighboring Ranges)
Piestewa Peak (Phoenix Mountains and Neighboring Ranges)
Lookout Mountain (Phoenix Mountains and Neighboring Ranges)
Nevado de Toluca (Xinantecatl) (Mexican Volcanoes)
Ajusco (Mexican Volcanoes)
Ruth Mountain (Mt. Baker Scenic Byway)
Bogachiel Peak (Olympic Range (WA))
Park Butte (Washington Lookouts)
Hessong Rock (Irish Cabin Peaks)
Mount Pleasant (Irish Cabin Peaks)
Fay Peak (Irish Cabin Peaks)
Earl Peak (The Teanaway)
Bean Peak (The Teanaway)
Tiptop (The "Back Court" 100)
Mount McLoughlin (Cascade Volcanoes)
Wizard Island Peak (Crater Lake National Park)
The Watchman (Crater Lake National Park)
Lookout Mountain (Washington Lookouts)
Point 7029 "Icicle Ridge" (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
West Granite Mountain ("Tusk O'Granite") (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Obstruction Peak (Olympic Range (WA))
Mount Scott (Crater Lake National Park)
Burroughs Mountain (Mount Rainier, Sunrise) (Mount Rainier National Park)
South Sister (Cascade Volcanoes)
Black Butte (Oregon) (Cascade Volcanoes)
Mount Adams (Cascade Volcanoes)
Maiden Peak (Olympic Range (WA))
Elk Mountain (Olympic Range (WA))
Blue Mountain (Olympics) (Obstruction Point)
Navaho Peak (The Teanaway)
Yellow Hill (The Teanaway)
Elbow Peak (The Teanaway)
Gray Butte (Mount Shasta)
Kaleetan Peak (The "Home Court" 100)
Mount Walker (Olympic Range (WA))
Inferno Cone (Craters of the Moon National Monument)
Bunsen Peak (Gallatin Range)
Mount Washburn (Yellowstone National Park)
Thorp Mountain (The Teanaway)
Sourdough Mountain (Washington Lookouts)
Hawkins Mountain (The Teanaway)
Mount Baker (Cascade Volcanoes)
Mount Shasta (California County Highpoints)
Cowboy Mountain (The "Back Court" 100)
Arrowhead Mountain (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Mount Teneriffe (Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA))
Dege Peak (Mount Rainier National Park)
Malcolm Mountain (The Teanaway)
East Tiger Mountain (Tiger Mountain)
Mount Angeles (Olympic Range (WA))
Lassen Peak (California County Highpoints)
Esmeralda Peaks (The Teanaway)
Hidden Lake Peaks (Washington Lookouts)
Hillman Peak (Crater Lake National Park)
Hurricane Hill (Olympic Range (WA))
Hex Mountain (The Teanaway)
Squak Mountain (Issaquah Alps)
West Tiger Mountain (Tiger Mountain)
Alta Mountain (The "Home Court" 100)
Buckhorn Mountain (Olympic Range (WA))
Snoqualmie Mountain (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Mailbox Peak (The "Home Court" 100)
Hibox Mountain (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Mount Forgotten (Washington 2000-ft Prominence Peaks)
Mount Townsend (Olympic Range (WA))
Mount Defiance (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Mount Constitution (Washington County Highpoints)
Little Si (Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA))
Glacier Peak (Cascade Volcanoes)
Mount Aix (Washington 2000-ft Prominence Peaks)
Three Fingers (Washington 2000-ft Prominence Peaks)
Mount Pugh (Washington 2000-ft Prominence Peaks)
Pratt Mountain (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Circle Peak (Mountain Loop Highway)
Mt. Ellinor (Olympic Range (WA))
High Rock (WA) (Washington 2000-ft Prominence Peaks)
Silver Peak (Washington 2000-ft Prominence Peaks)
Dickerman Mountain (Mountain Loop Highway)
Pico de Orizaba (Mexican Volcanoes)
La Malinche (Mexican Volcanoes)
Green Mountain (Washington Lookouts)
Bare Mountain (Alpine Lakes) (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Bandera Mountain (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Mount Rainier (Cascade Volcanoes)
Mount Hood (Cascade Volcanoes)
Mount Pilchuck (Washington 2000-ft Prominence Peaks)
Excelsior Peak (Mt. Baker Scenic Byway)
Poo Poo Point (Issaquah Alps)
Granite Mountain (Snoqualmie) (Alpine Lakes Wilderness)
Mount Saint Helens (Cascade Volcanoes)
Mount Si (Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA))
Cougar Mountain (Issaquah Alps)
San Pedro (Guatemala)
Norse Peak (Naches Ranger District)

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