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Mesahchie Mark
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 5:11 pm 
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Silver Peak via Windy Pass:  8/16/07

For the second time this year, TNAB convened at Windy Pass, this time to specifically hike up Silver Peak.  The weather was beautiful - for March - cool, cloudy and would prove to be quite breezy.  At least there were fewer bugs (I think).  Even so, we had a nice group:  Chris S (CHR15), Don (Malachai Constant), (Geo)Tom, Joseph (GQ Joe Hiker), Larry, Jeremy and Tisha (Schmidt Altitude), Steve (Yukon222), Yet & Yours Truly.  Four canines were also in attendance.

Also present, but unbeknownst to us at the time, did somewhere lurk the "Phantom"...(cue the spooky music)...

...It takes a while to get to Windy Pass, so our start time was a little late, around 6:20 PM.  In typical TNAB fashion, our crew bolted down the trail like crazed hounds after a fox.  The trail is in good shape, with a few patches of mud, and the creek crossings are completely dry.

We made excellent time.  By the time our group made the saddle, we heard whoops of joy from Tinkham:  Joseph and Steve decided to tag it first, before heading over to Silver.  Nice!  As we approached Silver, the clouds rolled in and covered the summit with an impenetrable fog.  No views tonight!

It would take us approximately 90 minutes to reach the top.  Joseph and Steve arrived huffing and puffing just as the main group was gathering.  We shared some libations (no!), jokingly pointed out all the peaks we couldn't see, then packed up to head out, all within 15 minutes.

With sunset now around 8:20 PM, it sure gets dark fast.  Headlamps were required for the last mile or so.  As we exited (9:20 PM) the trail at Windy Pass, our "eleventh man", Steve N, was waiting for us.  Several times now, Steve N has tried to join us on hikes, but he gets a late  start because of work. Invariably, he takes a wrong turn on somewhere, and seemingly pops up out of nowhere at the end.  Hence, he is now known as the "Phantom"!  smile.gif

Seven of us followed up the hike with a stop at, where else, the NBB&G.  The service was much better this time.wink.gif

Good Hike, good times!

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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 5:16 pm 
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Some day I gotta join one of these group hikes. Sounds like great fun.
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 5:22 pm 
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Ask and you shall receive.

Yukon Steve joining us from Tinkham Peak.

Cheers!

A shot of Tisha while taking the group shot.

Very special people.

Hold me, Mommy...I'm cold!

Happy TNAB'ers!

Yikes! I'm going down that?

A most excellent evening of hiking and good times with friends.
I love TNAB.  smile.gif
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 5:47 pm 
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I c a n't believe I misses this one.  I( have so mny excuse ti wiould make you sick.  Baby on lap0 cu0urr0ently.
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 6:22 pm 
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A few more photos from the evening's event.  Between the weather and the double summit, there wasn't much opportunity for picture taking but there is always next time!
windy pass color
windy pass color
color
color
GQ hiker Tinkham summit
GQ hiker Tinkham summit
mirror lake from silver
mirror lake from silver
silver descent into august fog
silver descent into august fog
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 8:12 pm 
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It had definitely been too long since our last TNAB....boy we missed you guys!  What an absolutely fun group and great time.  Yukon - YOU ROCK!!!!!!!  up.gif  wink.gif

Heading up to Silver
Heading up to Silver
Rest of the group heading up
Rest of the group heading up
CHR15 on the summit
CHR15 on the summit
Rowena says the kite is hers!
Rowena says the kite is hers!
We have lift off, finally!
We have lift off, finally!
Group on Silver
Group on Silver
Here comes the headlamp gang
Here comes the headlamp gang
GeoTom is caught by the camera flash!
GeoTom is caught by the camera flash!
Enjoying the spoils of our hard work
Enjoying the spoils of our hard work

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"Forest 101: These big wood stick things are called trees.  The big rocks are called mountains, and the little rocks are their babies."  Elliott from Open Season
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 8:18 pm 
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You two were gone too long.
Don't you do that again! wink.gif
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 8:27 pm 
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Sorry, Yet....bad us smackbum.gif  smackbum.gif

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"Forest 101: These big wood stick things are called trees.  The big rocks are called mountains, and the little rocks are their babies."  Elliott from Open Season
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 8:39 pm 
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Very sorry I was not to make it tonight despite the clouds.  Alas, last week was my last tnab outing of the year, as I had to return to NY last night.  I'll be keeping tabs on y'all from back east and hope to post a tr from nyc.  It was my pleasure to hook up with everyone this summer.  I hope to be out next summer for as many tnabs as I'm able to attend.  Drop me a line if any of you are in ny and I'll try to steer you away from danger in the big city.
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PostFri Aug 17, 2007 9:08 pm 
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Would have redoubled my sad efforts had I known GeoTom would be there.  Is it just me, or does Jeremy look extra shredded coming off the nine days in ALW?
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PostMon Aug 20, 2007 4:50 pm 
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Another fabulous TNAB "run for the money". . .or is that "run for your life."  Kirk: we're going to miss you.  Yukon Steve: as usual, kicked on the afterburners and throttled it up.  Damn, you do rock!!!  The 36 minute diversion was well worth it, eh?

After the Chianti, I thought I could see the sunset on the way down from Silver . . .or was that Yet's headlamp blinding me?   dizzy.gif

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Imagine having to imagine it . . .
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PostMon Aug 20, 2007 6:05 pm 
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Yes, GQ, it was definitely worth it to snag Tinkham before flying over to Silver!  Sorry I won't be able to make TNAB this week.  Experienced a little foot crushing from a 250 lb slab of granite Saturday up at Snowy Lakes.   It's getting slightly better but doubt I'll be up for a TNAB pounding pace in just a few days.
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PostMon Aug 20, 2007 9:28 pm 
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Steve, that sounds painful!
Heal fast and hopefully see you next week.
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