A weekend hike
Posted by joeabbott on June 4, 2011
Well, I did a lot more climbing and hiking in the past years, but problems with persistent foot and ankle pain are holding me back. I could “man up” and work through the discomfort, but when I see 50 year old guys hobbling about or walking with a cane, I just don’t want to be one of those people.
So, I’ve held off but am getting out this weekend on a snowshoe outing.
Four of us are signed up, two on skis, two on ‘shoes, and we’ll head up the Fryingpan Creek (just below … wait for it … the Fryingpan Glacier) to a point at the base of the SW arm of Goat Island Mountain. The mountain was so-named because this local high point was once surrounded by glacier. No more … we won’t set foot upon permanent ice!
The road to Sunrise Park was just opened last weekend, giving us a bit more confidence that we’ll be the first at least along some part of the route we’re heading up. Either later today (yes, we plan on heading out today!) or tomorrow morning we’ll to the summit of Goat Island.
Usually I make for a “climber’s morning” and get up before dark to get to my destination of choice. Not so today. My friends will pick me up around 10 AM, meaning we’ll likely leave the trailhead around 1 PM. We have just under 4 miles and 2600’ to make it to camp, and I expect we’ll take our time. So, probably a 3-hour walk in. That will leave plenty of time to head up Goat Island Mountain or just explore the toe of the Fryingpan Glacier. We’ll be right under Little Tahoma, so I’m sure it’ll be an awesome photo-op.
To the top of Goat Island Mountain it’ will either be an easy 1-mile, +700’ jaunt to the first summit, or just under a 2-mile +800’ walk to the northeasterly rise. Just a nice little outing.
Anyhow, quite exciting to getting out and doing anything, even if this is a bit less than my usual outings.