Dumb and Dana

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Dumb and Dana

by hightinerary » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:59 pm

A funny thing happened on my way back to the trailhead…

I hiked up Mt. Dana from Tioga Pass today. On my descent, when I was only about 20 minutes from my car, I encountered two young men on their way up. One of them asked me, “Are you worried about the weather?” He indicated the gathering storm clouds which I had not yet even noticed. Being so close to the finish, I replied, “Not now.” Then he asked, “Do you think we will make it to that mountain?” But he pointed toward Mt. Gibbs! I had to explain to him where Mt. Dana is.

Within two minutes I encountered a solo hiker, another young man. He asked me, “What do you know about the weather?” I said, “All I know is there’s a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.” Then he asked, “Do you think I’ll make it to the top?” All I could say was that I had left the summit about an hour and ten minutes before. He asked if I was going fast. I said, “Well, it’s downhill.” He asked, “Do you think I can get to the summit in an hour and ten minutes?” (How would I know?) I suggested he multiply my time by about 1.5, since he’d be going uphill. He gave me a blank stare, seemingly unable to do the math.

Less than ten minutes from my car (now with darker clouds and occasional rumbles of thunder), I ran into still more people ascending, this time a large group of elderly hikers. One asked if I’d been on Mt. Dana, and I answered affirmatively. She followed up with, “Is there a lot of snow?” I informed her that there was very little. I wonder if that fact influenced their decision to continue their ascent into the storm...

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Re: Dumb and Dana

by Marcsoltan » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:54 am

Just when you think you've seen it all you hear a story like this !
Amazing !

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Re: Dumb and Dana

by Romain » Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:47 am

Natural selection at work...

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Re: Dumb and Dana

by mrchad9 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:08 pm

I don't like it when people ask questions when they don't seem to care what the answer is!

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Re: Dumb and Dana

by hightinerary » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:54 pm

And it was a weekday! So I made a mental note never to hike up Dana on a weekend.

On Mt. Whitney, it's "How far to Trail Camp?"

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Re: Dumb and Dana

by 96avs01 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:23 pm

hightinerary wrote:And it was a weekday! So I made a mental note never to hike up Dana on a weekend.

On Mt. Whitney, it's "How far to Trail Camp?"


It's all highly variable. I once hiked it on Memorial Day weekend and only encountered two other parties the entire day.

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Re: Dumb and Dana

by StorminMatt » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:22 pm

hightinerary wrote:Then he asked, “Do you think we will make it to that mountain?” But he pointed toward Mt. Gibbs! I had to explain to him where Mt. Dana is.


Um, Mount Gibbs is not visible from anywhere on the Mount Dana Use Trail. Except, of course, the summit.

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Um and Ummer

by hightinerary » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:19 pm

I suppose I shouldn't have tried to guess what the gentleman was pointing at. The point was that he was pointing away from Mt. Dana.


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