I climbed my first mountain (10,000' or higher) in 1973. It was Pyramid
Peak in the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe. On
older maps it is listed just over 10,000 feet, on newer maps just under
Since then I have summited the six highest 14,000 foot peaks in California
(according to the 1972 & 1995 World Almanacs) as well as the highest peaks in Washington
(Rainier) and Nevada (Boundary)
I once spent three days in a tent on the side of the Matterhorn
I made a solo climb that tried to killed me a couple of
times but didn't try for the summit.
Color Elevation Profile and geopolitical
map of the local mountains.
(within 150 mile drive of Ridgecrest, California)
Local Sub 14,000' Climbs
I've climbed 12,123' Olancha
Peak from the west.
I've climbed several of the local
Sierra mountains such as Owens Peak (3 times), Mt Jenkins, Spanish Needles
and Sawtooth. ( These range from the high 7,000' to mid 8,000' elevation range
or about 6,000' above town ) I also hike and climb in some of the local desert
areas around Ridgecrest. I have climbed 11,027' Telescope
Peak overlooking Death Valley's Badwater (lowest point in the Western
Hemisphere) several times.
I have hiked and climbed in many of the major western National
I have been to the top of Half Dome
in Yosemite four times by way of the cables, in my 20's,30's 40's and 50's.
I plan on doing it again in my 60's
I have back packed and hiked many a trail in and out of the Sierra. I
have crossed the middle of the Sierra from east to west at it's narrowest
hiking point. Over Kearsarge Pass, from Onion Valley above Independence in
the Owens Valley to Kings Canyon National Park. (about a 25 mile hike or a
350 mile drive)
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