Mt. Elbert joy

On July 31st 2008, I was happy to celebrate my highest peak for 2008, the top of Mt. Elbert. With my 68th birthday, six weeks away, I was happy to be able to get this one in 4 hours up and 2 hours down. The next day my wife and I did Pikes Peak and then Wheeler Peak in New Mexico the day after that. A nice three days. July 31, 2008

Favorites of each year

Age 62: Solo of Mt. Hood
Age 63: Mt. Shasta with Bob Bolton
Age 64: Dayhike solo of Mt. Whitney
Age 65: Kings Peak Utah with Dennis Poulin
Age 66: Three Fingers WA with Bob, Duane and Eric
Age 67: Mt. Elbert CO solo
Mt. Grant Nv with Dennis to complete Nevada county highpoints
Age 68: 78 peaks, big and small. Favorites: Mt. Moriah/Snowyside
Age 69: Pilot Peak in October 2009 with Ken Jones & redsplashman23
Age 70: Telescope Peak, Matterhorn (Nv) and Mt Baldy (AZ) were some faves.

I've done over 450 peaks since I turned 62 and there are so many memorable
ones that I am blessed and greatful to have the health and friends that have made this possible.

Some bumps along the way:
Broken finger, torn medial medicus, torn rotator cuff, near fatal fall, pneumonia,

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Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Dec 11, 2008 8:50 am - Voted 10/10

Awesome Dean

I'm right behind you, and still bagging a few peaks with my clicking knees.

Happy climbing,
Marc

Dean

Dean - Dec 11, 2008 1:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome Dean

Take care of those knees. I love my trekking poles, they sure help on the downhill segments to help save them "clicking" knees.

Many thanks and have a great Christmas and holiday season.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 12, 2008 9:53 pm - Voted 10/10

GEEZ,

I feel left out for NOT having "clicking knees!"

Please have a great holiday season! -Larry

Dean

Dean - Dec 12, 2008 11:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: GEEZ,

Larry, you are too young for the bad knees, you have to get older, much older. You also have a great Christmas and holiday season. May 2009 be a super year as well.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 13, 2008 8:56 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: GEEZ,

I only have to wait 9 years until I can attach
my picture to your album.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Dec 12, 2008 10:48 pm - Voted 10/10

67 years young!

I like your list of favorites by year! Amazing line-up of peaks for a 60-something my friend. I hope you can keep it up for many years to come. -Bob

Dean

Dean - Dec 12, 2008 11:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: 67 years young!

As you well know, SMMSLT.... sigh

butitsadryheat

butitsadryheat - Dec 17, 2008 1:41 am - Voted 10/10

Congrats

I hope I am in such shape when I reach that age. Hell, I hope I reach that age. Cheers! Keep hikin'!

Dean

Dean - Dec 17, 2008 11:27 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Congrats

Thanks for your nice comments. The key is to do what you suggested, "keep hikin'"

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Jan 10, 2009 5:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Me too!

I hiked up wheeler peak! Amazing is it not, there were HUGE thunder clouds as we were heading down, good thing we started early.

Fredd C Dobbs

Fredd C Dobbs - Jan 10, 2009 6:10 pm - Voted 10/10

Thanks

...for a very encouraging post- I'm soon going to be 63- but still going!! Not as strong as you are but I'm still hanging in!!

Dean

Dean - Jan 11, 2009 10:09 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Thanks

Fred, 63 sounds young to me now. Enjoy your youth and keep hangin in and I appreciate your vote and comments. Being in our 60's certainly is not a detriment as long as we keep active and try to live a healthy lifestyle.

Dean

Dean - May 1, 2009 8:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Bad Ass Dean

Candy ass would be more like it. : )

OneJim

OneJim - Jan 17, 2010 7:27 pm - Hasn't voted

What is old?

And I was concerned about wanting to become a peak-bagger at 54. Thanks for the inspiration brother.

Dean

Dean - Jan 17, 2010 8:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What is old?

Man, 54 is young. You have lots of time and the hiking effort will keep you young.

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