...that is Mt. Daniel. Good call! And Brian, welcome to my old stomping grounds! I was born and raised in Wenatchee, so this is home to me. I hope you can get up into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and beyond many more times - you'll love it!
Thanks for the confirmation, Bob. Of course I am going to start billing you and Klenke for my gas charges since I'm hopelessly addicted to Washington mountains now. Let me see, your correct address is........................??
Happily here is such a thing as as a good addiction! Yeah, for some reason most people seem to think that Washington has only volcanoes. There are few ways for folks to learn otherwise, and that's by design (conspiracy??). I've talked to countless folks in Portland/Vancouver who have NO CLUE about the Washington mountains. My friend Duane thought I was an idiot when I told him where the mountains are, but when he finally drove up there and saw it first hand back in the early '80s, the next thing you know he moved from Vancouver to Mt. Vernon, and still lives there.
Do you have the Beckey guides yet? Pretty amazing material in those books!
Had the 3 Beckey books for several years now. I've almost learned how to un-sandbag his ratings. Went and saw him at a slide show last year in Portland. He's amazing.
Yeah, now that I'm aware of the North Cascades, we can start keeping them a secret, ok? :- )
Still interested in Black Peak in September?
I'm very interested in Black, but it would be a better climb in July due to the huge amount of talus between Heather Pass and Wing Lake. I'm thinking the talus would still be buried by snow in July. However, I'm game if you'd rather not wait until next year, assuming our schedules jive in September. It's one I've wanted for years, and I hate to make my buddy Duane do a repeat just for me. We'll keep in touch! -Bob
Hey Brian, I see you've still not signed the Black Peak summit log. I haven't done it yet either. This year might be the perfect time to do Black, probably sometime in August, because there's so much snow up there that the talus should be snow-covered much later in the summer than usual. Of course I'll be interested in the standard southern route, which should be free of snow by then with the southern exposure. Anyway, I have absolutely nothing nailed down for August, so maybe a weekend jaunt up there could be planned. I don't know if Duane would join us, because he's already climbed Black, but I'm sure we could find others. I'll bet Peak Freak would go. Whadaya think? -Bob
Black Peak is DEFINITELY on my list this year. I did a nearby hike this past summer and saw it from the pass. August would be a great time to hit it although I will be attempting Granite Peak in MT again the weekend of the 12th. Any other weekend would work though.
Any news about Schreiner yet? What would you guys think about April 30th for that one?
You name the weekend in August, probably the earlier the better as far as that talus is concerned. And I'm good for April 30 on Schreiner. I'll start the e-mail dialog.