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Hey all my VBBF friends! It's been awhile since I've posted to my Froggy Bloggy, but I finally have something worth sharing! hehe

 

Some of you may remember my post last spring on my failed attempt to climb Oregon's highest peak Mt Hood? Well On June 15, 2008 (Father's Day) I made another attempt, this time a successful summit! It was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL climb, an amazing day! Here are a few pics I selected to share with you all!

 

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11,246 ft!

 

This weekend I am making another summit, my birthday summit, of another of Oregon high peaks, Middle Sister! I'm sure I'll have some more fun pics to share!

 

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Middle sister is cool. My dad and I went up there once. I didn't make it all the way but he did.

Looks like that Mazamas training was a good pick for ya. Congrats on making the top of Hood

 

And happy birthday.

 

-a

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Thanks Aaron! Yeah, Mazamas is really great! And how cool is it that I got to see you a couple times before/after classes! I thought it was a fun coincidence anyway!

(oh, and did I miss your thousand-post congrats thread?? Well here ya go... yay for Aaron reaching 1000!)

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Wow, great photos!

 

Awesome stuff girl! Hope you're having fun down south. Was it sunny yesterday? It was beautiful here yesterday!

 

Time for me to go eat.....Gobble gobble.............see you later........I understoodified it.

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Hey I loved the Hood photos! I didn't know you recently did that climb. I did it a few years ago with my family.

 

It would be cool to go hiking or backpacking together/with a group this summer or fall. My family is big on hiking.

 

Well looks like I will see you tomorrow so bye for now.

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My birthday climb of Middle Sister!

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My climbing companions!

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Starting up the trail...

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It wasn't long before we were in snow!

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Base camp... my tent, my climbing friends, the mountain, the moon, perfect!

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Up, up, up..

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Where's Waldo? Er, I mean Jessi? Lower left corner, I'm the 3rd climber in... South Sister behind us!

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Coming up the last stretch to the summit!

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Yay! My birthday summit of Middle Sister (Hope) 10,047ft (5th highest point in Oregon) (North Sister behind me)

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Getting ready to rappel down just below the summit

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Nervously backing up to the edge

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Climbing companions Joe and Kyle on the rappel just after me

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Jessifly I LOVE your photos, please post more! I want to go mountaineering, there are no mountains here in Toronto. Besides gear what's your experience and training been like to climb mountains. Same as hiking or a bit more technical?

 

Thanks for the comment! Mountaineering is such an awesome thing, I'm so happy I "took action to make it happen" as Robert says I've been hiking since I was a kid and I've climbed peaks in Colorado but they were for the most part hike-to-summit climbs. Now that I am in Oregon I took a basic climbing program for preparation of climbing the snow-covered glaciated peaks of the Pacific NW. My training was a bit more technical than hiking in the areas of gear but also mainly the aspects of climbing with ropes and harnesses and on rock, snow and ice. This coming fall I am applying to a nine month intermediate climbing school! I am really excited!

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Hey I loved the Hood photos! I didn't know you recently did that climb. I did it a few years ago with my family.

 

It would be cool to go hiking or backpacking together/with a group this summer or fall. My family is big on hiking.

 

Well looks like I will see you tomorrow so bye for now.

 

Hey Mishe! Thanks! That's awesome that you did the climb with your family! I would love to put together a group backpacking trip this summer, that would be so much fun! I know there are some other forum members here that have mentioned doing something similar! We should get something planned

 

See ya soon!

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Wow! Thanks for the pics! Top of the world feeling really. I think you have to really be at peace with yourself to experience that sort of thing and understand the serene peaceful beauty of it all. It says something about your character. Awesome!

Thanks Michael! You're right, putting myself through the pain and suffering of getting to the top of a mountain goes beyond accomplishment, it becomes an insight, it gives perspective, and yes, absolutely a full awareness of peace and serenity

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I know there are some other forum members here that have mentioned doing something similar! We should get something planned

 

Jessifly! I would TOTALLY join you guys! I have lots of backpacking experience (and canyoneering/rappelling experience). If this happens to be planned when I'm out west end of the summer I could meet some of you!

Also on my training journal I've been listing vegan backpacking meals, what do you prepare for food that is suitable for days long trips? How how many hours or days does it take to reach the summit of these two mountains?

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I know there are some other forum members here that have mentioned doing something similar! We should get something planned

 

Jessifly! I would TOTALLY join you guys! I have lots of backpacking experience (and canyoneering/rappelling experience). If this happens to be planned when I'm out west end of the summer I could meet some of you!

Also on my training journal I've been listing vegan backpacking meals, what do you prepare for food that is suitable for days long trips? How how many hours or days does it take to reach the summit of these two mountains?

 

Awesome! That would be great if you could join on a backpacking trip! That would be soooo fun! We'll have to come up with some good trail recipes to share on the trip!

 

I need to experiment more for my foods, on these two trips I kept it really simple... for dinners just couscous or noodles. On the trail I always have tofutti cream cheese and bagels, almond butter & jam sandwich, soy jerkies, dark chocolate, fruit, assorted chopped fresh veggies (bell peppers, cucumber, carrots, whatever) and lots of assorted bars (especially Probars, those are AMAZING!) I share all of my vegan snacks with my climbing friends, none of which are vegan, and without any persuasion 3 of them started bringing only vegan foods on trips and telling me of their attempts to eat only vegan at home too! In fact I'll get the recipe and post it here but one of my friends developed his own no-cook vegan veggie couscous meal!

 

Mt Hood took my group about 7-8 hours up and 2-3 hours down (we camped the night before near the trailhead to we could get a 3am start) and for Middle Sister we did it in a day and a half, 5 miles the first day (2-3 hours) and 16 miles the second day (about 12 hours).

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A Froggy Bloggy quote of the day, this just came in my inspirational quote of the day email.... I find it appropriate after this weeks adventures! Hiking, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, and in a couple days I am climbing yet another peak!!

 

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature."

~ Helen Keller

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