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Sunday, August 3, 2014


Yesterday I was stacking, it was hot and it was a big field. The daughter was running the rake with a tractor that the a/c had failed.
I was itching like crazy from the fiberglass insulation I stuck my upper torso into whilst fixing a broken waterline under the house that morning.
I get a text from a friend asking me if I want to go
"Hey, wanna join me summitting and glissading down Mt. Adams this evening?"
I have no idea what those fancy big words mean but I get excited.
I got my friend to promise to help stack, I called my chicken friend to help in some way, and he says, do you have any idea what you are getting yourself into.
I inquire further:
"Would head up to trailhead and arrive by 4:00. Hike up to 7000' and camp. Wake up about 4 or 5 in the morning, summit, slide down."
I suggested to lulu we just camp at our own river.
Now you all have unlimited wifi and I'm setting on log next to an unconvincing fire trying to cry steaks in my castiron pan, and I'm using up my bonus gigabyte blogging...
You-all tell me if Lulu and almost 50-year old me are ready to climb Adams.
Pretty funny if you look it all up!



  1. Be it ever so humble. there's no place like down by the river.

  2. I had never heard of glissading, but see fromYouTube it involves a cold wet butt and wedgie.

  3. Hike to 7000 feet? That would finish me. And if I woke up at 4 A:M it would not be to go sliding down a mountain. I think you made a wise choice. Although at over 80 degrees here today, the thought of snow is kind of cool.

  4. It's 20 degrees cooler at the coast and there is shade at the campgrounds. We just found that out a couple of weeks ago. It required an hour of driving and no grueling hike to 7,000'.


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