By: Kathy Price, Tina Stephens
There were few early sign-ups for this trip, but at the last minute we were turning prospective hikers away. The group that set out from Onion Valley included the leaders, SPS members Jim Adler, Larry Hoak, Hoda Shalaby, Wayne Norman, and Sierra Club members Lisa Van Horn, Robert Gould, Peter Kinman, Tom Sakowych, David Michels, Emma Bud and Nancy Bell. We hiked up the trail to Kearsarge Pass, making several stops to enjoy the scenery. From the pass we went northward along the crest. We stayed an the eastern side at first, then crossed to the west as we neared the summit back. A 3rd class route was found on the western side of the summit block. Due to space limitations on the summit, we shuttled up and down this route until everyone had successfully climbed the peak. We ate lunch basking in the sun and dreaming of climbs of all the peaks in view. The return route featured a fun run down the scree to the east of Kearsarge Pass. All were back at the cars around 4:00 P.M.
Special thanks to Tina who filled in as assistant leader on very short notice. The non-SPS members were a very capable group and I look forward to hiking with them on other SPS trips.
Happy climbing to all!
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