Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Seven Summits Update
Here on the Hawksbill Cabin blog, one of the topics I come back to over and over is hiking, so when Mary and I had the chance to catch up with Felice and David in Culpeper this winter, I wanted to ask David about his progress on mountaineering (kind of “advanced” hiking) the Seven Summits.
Check out the “Seven Summits” label over in the right hand column for some of the previous posts on his mountaineering enterprise.
Turns out he’s made it to six of the seven, with only Everest still left. He mentioned how the time and expense of the trip to Everest is one of the reasons he hasn’t climbed that one – but he also mentioned that the trip is very crowded these days, enough to add to the danger of operating at high altitudes.
One of David’s motivations for the other climbs was to acknowledge a friend he’d lost to illness a few years back. Even so, he never explicitly told me he planned to complete the set, the seven, as an objective. Even though Everest awaits, he has been to some pretty incredible places on his mountaineering journey – for example, he told me about how he enjoys Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park.
I might look into an Old Rag hike myself this year…there’s not bad adventure in that one, even though it’s crowded on the weekends. And if hiking for adventure is what you’re after, I found this article recently about alternatives to the Seven Summits – I leave you with a link: