The countdown is on.
I finalized my trip yesterday; flights are booked, insurance is purchased, and the final payment was made for my 2016 Denali expedition.
Boundary Peak is Nevada’s highest point. Boundary gets its name from the fact that it lies right on the border between Nevada and California. It’s in theWhite Mountain Range and is the lowest of the major peaks in that range. But it’s the only one that is on the Nevada side of the border, and it’s higher than Wheeler Peak, which is located in the eastern part of the state, so it gets to claim the title. It has always bummed me out that Nevada’s highest mountain rests in a place where you stand on top of it and be looking up at another mountain less than a mile away.
For more background on this, read about my plan. I wrote that in February to explain my upcoming (at the time) trip to Mount Rainier. I completed that trip in July and began writing this in September. It took me a while to process everything, decide that I really did have something to say about it, and just sort of want to sit down and write about it.
In short, I did a six day skills seminar on Mount Rainier to learn mountaineering stuff. It’s a prerequisite course for being able to climb Denali in Alaska with the guide service that I used. It’s also some pretty cool knowledge to have if you do hiking and anything in the backcountry. There were eight of us climbers to go along with three guides. The story is long, but should provide some good information for anyone who is thinking about doing this. I also hope that it’s a fun read.
That Fast Company article was totally dumb, am I right? Here are five photos that will restore the faith you have that Reno is still alive and kicking!
It’s getting a little bit, um, real-er. Almost a year after first posting about my insane, next-to-impossible goal of eventually ascending Denali, I am taking a legitimate step toward it.