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Forum Index -> Trip Reports -> Trappers Peak, NCNP 09-29-10  My first summit!
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bonobo
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Post Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:53 pm   
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All these years hiking and never summited? Yes, it's true.  Unless you count Little Si or "M" Mountain in Missoula.

"But bonobo", you may say, "How is that possible?  I've read your trip reports to Sauk Mountain, Green Mountain, and Rock Mountain."

My response? HA! You never read any of those trip reports.  If you had, you would know I didn't summit any of those mountains!


Not only did this trip see me summit my first real mountain, I gained my most elevation in a day and did the most scrambling I've done.  It was an incredibly exhilarating trip that redefined what I think I am capable of in the mountains.  A big thanks to Yana for putting up with me huddled and crying for my mommy on the scramble on the way up  clown.gif , as well as for being such a gracious partner and really helping me get through what was a pretty new experience for me.  I've got some horrible pictures that I took with my crappy camera, I'll let them show a bit of the destination, along with a few of Yana headed over to Destination X.  lol.gif The three or four almost okay pictures I shot through my sunglasses to filter the super bright light and snow /glacier glare.  How's that for yer fancy lenses?


And a really bad vid of Yana on the ridge



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Go Jo
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Post Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:58 pm   
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+ Woot, woot! Well done!  party.gif
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Post Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:58 pm   
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Awesome!!  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif
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bonobo
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Post Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:23 pm   
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Thanks!  It was an incredibly beautiful place, which is always nice too.  Yana saw a bear but sadly I did not. I did see a ground squirrel trying to raid my pack, though.

Fall colors were great, and there was an amazing variety of fungus on the trail.

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Magellan
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Post Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:46 pm   
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Not a bad place to start.  up.gif   Disregarding the reputation Yana tries to perpetrate, she has put a few rookies on top of some high places.  up.gif
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Yana
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:39 am   
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Thanks for the report, bonobo. I'm glad you weren't permanently traumatized by the experience. I'm always happy to expand people's (hiking) horizons. I'm only sorry that I chose such a horribly ugly place for your first summit. I hope the resulting blindness is only temporary and subsiding already.  embarassedlaugh.gif

The ridge between Trappers and X Mountain is truly something else, so naturally I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was like standing right on the boundary between two universes.

Here is an excessive amount of photos from the trip.


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Sadie's Driver
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:50 am   
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Yana wrote:
I'm only sorry that I chose such a horribly ugly place for your first summit.

Yuck -  tongue.gif  why did you clutter up this site with such ugly pictures???   lol.gif   

FABULOUS Trip!  Good for you Bonobo!  up.gif  (We could have warned you about Yana, however!!!   winksmile.gif )

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dicey
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:14 am   
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Yay!  One of my favorite places for views up.gif

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Matt
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:35 am   
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Great choice for a first summit.  One of my favorite high viewpoints.

Regarding "... bad video of Yana..." 
Is there really any other kind of video of Yana?

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Hulksmash
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:46 am   
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Dam!   eek.gif
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I'm afraid of letting go of my chair just from looking at that. paranoid.gif

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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:50 am   
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Me wants to go there!
However I'm not fond of the cliff boot shot. eek.gif
It's truly ugly! down.gif
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Matt
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:02 pm   
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Hey, that cliff-boot picture is sideways.
Either that, or there are a lot of trees growing horizontally out of the cliff down below.
However, even after twisting my neck 90 degrees to look at it, it's still just as steep, maybe even worse.

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Obi Tony Kenobi
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:10 pm   
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Way to go Bonobo! There is no better hiking partner to take with you than Yana when expanding your horizons on the Mountains. If there was an award that best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to the outdoors, than she deserves it. She got me up to the top of Three Fingers and I have never looked back!

Congrats!

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bonobo
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Post Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:30 pm   
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Thanks, folks. I had a blast, and Yana is indeed a patient, courteous, and highly entertaining partner.

Anyone know what the crazy orange fungus (?) in the last picture is? That stuff was alien!

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Post Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:36 pm   
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Excellent pics! Way cool!  up.gif
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