Saturday, November 11, 2000

Mount Rogers, Virginia (5,729)

11th High Point Visited
19th Highest State High Point
16th Most Difficult

This was a Heman Woman Hater's weekend road trip taken with Mike, Dave, and Scott. We drove from Columbus leaving about 5:00 pm and arriving at Grayson Highlands State Park by 11:30pm. We had planned on winter camping. We knew it was going to be cold, but when we arrived the temperature was 24 degrees with major winds. It was a cold night, but after some warm oatmeal everyone was in good sprits for the 5 hour 8.5 mile roundtrip hike to the summit. The trailhead was close to the camp ground and the trails seemed clearly marked. We hiked through a winter wonderland of frozen trees. We passed many hikers and back packers along part of the Appalachian trail we had to take. We ended up taking the horse trail for most of the way that runs along the Appalachian. Most of the hiking was wide open until the last half mile, which was heavily wooded. There is no view from the summit. When we arrived we had lunch and took a few photo's before the trip home. We found the Appalachian trail on the way home more beautiful and full of great views. We were surprised on the way up by the ponies on the trail. We paused for several photos with them. We decided to go back to Beckley, WV for the evening. We had dinner at Outback and cheered the Buckeye's to a victory. Scott & I camped Saturday night, but Dave and Mike got a hotel. We met in the morning at Tamarack and headed home. The weekend was fun, especially since it was the last weekend for the Z3! Mt. Rogers (5,729) was my 2nd highest peak, next to New Hampshire, but since a train was involved there, this is the highest hike.

Sunday, October 22, 2000

Marine Corps Marathon (Washington D.C.)

October 22, 2000

Marathon 13

Washington DC




Saturday, October 21, 2000

Ebright Azimuth, Delaware (448)

10th High Point Visited
49th Highest State High Point
49th Most Difficult

1st high point with Homeyra as well as first out of Columbus road trip! Drove from Columbus to Wilmington, Delaware (470 miles) on Friday night leaving by 4:00pm, arriving at Bed & Breakfast called Darley Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast. We didn't arrive till after 11pm after driving 7 hours straight in the BMW Z3 which I had won as a sales promotion for the week from MOM. We had the top down from start till about 59 degrees half way through Pennsylvania. Lot's of cops, but dodged them with radar! We arrived and were amazed by the antiques about the place. The inn keeper invited us in and showed us to our room on the second floor. We awoke to a wonderful breakfast at 8:00am that we had ordered the night before. We were entertained by another couple that were guests and also the owner who was from North Carolina. We looked at the local maps and realized we were only a couple miles away from the HP, Ebright Azimuth, 448ft. This is the lowest HP in the states next only to Florida. Arriving at the sight was anti climatic. We found a sign on the corner of the road, no marker for this HP. We took several photos, and as we drove away Homeyra read about the history of the HP. On then to DC for the Marine Corps Marathon.

Friday, September 1, 2000

Black Mountain, Kentucky (4,129)

9th High Point Visited
27th Highest State High Point
42nd Most Difficult

 After spending 3 days with the MOM Columbus team at Lake Cumberland, I chose not to drive home, but rather to journey across KY to summit Black Mountain (4,139). I took the trip solo on my 95 VFR. The day was beautiful, with threats of rain all around, but I managed to escape the rain. The trip on the bike was a couple hundred miles from Cumberland, but I didn't mind the drive because the back roads that I chose were splendid full of many twists. I approached from the KY side all the way up the very winding road from base to top.

The approach is mostly a drive up, turning right onto a private drive that is one lane paved road leading back to a FAA long range radar facility. I drove up the path, passed the radar, and spotted the stone trail up to the summit. I was very excited after all the trip to finally make it here. I was pressed for time to make it back to Ohio before dark, so didn't have much time. I didn't even take off my one piece motorcycle suit as I walked the .2 miles to the top.

I noticed an abandoned look out tower that had to be climbed, although it was difficult because it had to be scaled to get to the first level of stairs. I crawled up and held on for dear life. A storm was coming and it was very windy. I took a few pictures from the top and quickly came back down the rickety tower. Once on ground again I made a phone call or two to friends back home to tell about my adventure.

Sunday, July 30, 2000

Ironman USA Lake Placid (New York)

July 30, 2000
Marathon 12, State #7, 3rd Full Ironman Triathlon
Lake Placid, New York
11:56:24 (Marathon 4:27:07)

Race Swim Bike MPH Run Pace State Country Date Time
Ironman USA 1:10:17 6:08:46 18.2 4:27:07 10:14 New York USA 2000 11:56:24

Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Mount Marcy, New York (5,344)

8th High Point Visited
21st Highest State High Point
14th Most Difficult

Third of three high points planned for week prior to Ironman USA in Lake Placid. Three days earlier while in a local bar, I asked some hikers what they recommended for a good day hike. They claimed there were much better peaks to climb instead of Mt. Marcy. They talked me into doing Gothics instead. Gothics was an adventure in itself, but 3 days later I came back to NY after summiting New Hampshire and Vermont.  Mount Marcy is a long day of hiking 7.4 miles to the summit. The day was great. Little muddy at the start, but the trail was very gradual. Found a waterfall which was perfect for a snack and photos. Continued the hike and passed several groups on the way up as the "red" team!  Near the summit the plant life is rare and endangered therefore you must stay on trail after certain elevation. The top was all rocky above the trees. From the top you could see everywhere, all the way across to Vermont and also Lake Placid below. There was also a member of the ADK club at the top answering questions for anyone that reaches the summit.

Tuesday, July 25, 2000

Mount Washington, New Hampshire (6,288)

7th High Point Visited
18th Highest State High Point
38th Most Difficult

2nd of three high points planned for week prior to Ironman USA in Lake Placid. The trip from Vermont was full of sights to see again. There were covered bridges everywhere, stopped in Bath to take picture. Traveled through Bethlehem, a Jewish retreat community, passed the Mount Washington Resort, and finally near sunset arrived to a surprise of Crawford Notch. Made camp near the base and went back to the Resort for dinner. Main dining room was jacket and tie, so went downstairs for a more casual experience. Mt. Washington (6,288) was to be my highest point to date. With a race only a few days away, it was a relief to sit back and enjoy the ride up on the COG railroad. For $44 the train went straight up the mountain, at one point 34 degrees! The steam engine was coal powered and originally used for mining. Great trip as it got colder and colder the higher we got. There is a big weather station and visitor's center at the summit. Lots of people drove up the opposite side, but hard on a car! Also Appalachian Trail goes across the ridge of Mt. Washington. Lots of cairns along the trail to help hikers in tough foggy weather conditions.

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Monday, July 24, 2000

Mount Mansfield, Vermont (4,393)

6th High Point Visited
24th Highest State High Point
34th Most Difficult

1st of three high points planned for week prior to Ironman USA in Lake Placid. Leaving the Trail's End B&B the goal was to drive to Vermont, hit the high point Mt. Mansfield (4,393) and travel on to New Hampshire.

The day was full of adventure, first highlight crossing Lake Chaplain by driving across a bridge before Middlebury, a neat little town with an old university. Had a very scenic ride to Stowe, the headquarters of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Took a factory tour and into town for lunch on an outside patio five miles from the base of Mt. Mansfield. Mt. Mansfield is atop of Stowe ski resort.

There are many hikes up to the top, but the easiest was chosen aided by a gondola sky ride to near the summit. Looking at the mountain from afar, it was hard to see exactly if the right side or left side was the summit. I took a good panoramic shot (2 photos together) for the complete view. With only 600 more feet to climb, made way on foot to the summit.

View was incredible, could see high peaks all over the place, could see back across Lake Champlain, could see New Hampshire. There was a guide at the top answering questions. Above a certain altitude alpine vegetation exist which is very rare and protected. The climb although not taking more than an hour, seemed to be very technical. If the rocks would have been wet, there could be slippery spots. Climbed back down to the gondola and headed toward New Hampshire.

Saturday, April 29, 2000

Country Music Marathon (Tennessee)

April 29, 2000

Marathon 11, State #6

Nashville, Tennesee




Sunday, January 2, 2000

Spruce Knob, West Virginia (4,861)

5th High Point Visited
24th Highest State High Point
34th Most Difficult

 After spending the night in Elkins, WV we woke to travel to Seneca Rocks. At a little general store on the corner that you could see Seneca Rocks, we learned that the pass was closed to Spruce Knob (4,861). We decided to hike at Seneca Rocks before driving around the other side of the mountain to another road that goes to the top of Spruce Knob. Seneca Rocks is a famous place for climbers. In going around the right side of the rocks we took the east trail up the rear side. We had a blast climbing to the top, not knowing we would soon reach the summit. What excitement it was to reach the very top and see the view. The east side was very warmed by the sun. In December we would have never expected near 70 degree weather. After reaching the top we sat on the highest point and ate a snack that I had carried up in a small back pack. We tried to take a more challenging route down and talk to some of the climbers, but soon realized we were over our heads and didn't have the right equipment so continued back down the way we came up.

The adventure continues going to Spruce Knob. The back way up involved approximately a 20 mile unimproved road that was covered with snow in many spots. The Subaru SVX climbed the mountain with little to fear. The car was absolutely filthy by the time we got to the top. With only a few pictures remaining we got shots for the scrapbook. We enjoyed talking to a couple that I saw at the General Store from Charleston and another couple that had been back packing for several days. We found the maker near an observation tower. We enjoyed a ½ mile hike around a path at the top of the mountain. I learned about the pines growing only on one side of the tree because of the winds. The drive back down was fun too stopping to throw rocks at some huge icicles along the river. The drive up and down the mountain was very scenic with many trails to hike.

Saturday, January 1, 2000

Backbone Mountain, Maryland (3,360)

4th High Point Visited
32nd Highest State High Point
22nd Most Difficult

Backbone Mountain (3,360) was 2nd on our journey of three HP's. We hoped to reach this spot by dark after a late start hiking out of the woods from New Years Eve and getting lost trying to find Pennsylvania's HP.

We followed Rt 219 and drove right by an old logging road that we needed to hike up to the summit. We started up the slushy snowy muddy road with cairns marking the path all the way to the top. It was very steep and we rushed to beat the sun going down.

The marker was along the Pennsylvania / Maryland border. I thought I found our mark, but it was a state line marker. The real maker was another hundred feet, a sign on top of the mountain. A mailbox had a register, we were the first people in 2000!

Others were there two days prior and there were tracks was still partially visible in the snow. We hiked back down in the dark happy to achieved two HP's in one day.

Should we be in the Guiness for this?