Summer mountain madness
Area climbers find fun, challenges in high places in and out of the U.S.
By Gary Fallesen
Democrat and Chronicle
(August 31, 2003) — For some, it starts with a picture.
For others, it starts with a list.
The McBride family of Rochester was destined for Utah’s 13,528-foot Kings Peak and Wyoming’s 13,804-foot Gannett Peak for two more highpoints on their nearly completed 50-state checklist. Kevin Flynn of Macedon, Wayne County, was lured to Russia’s 18,510-foot Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe and the fourth continental highpoint he has summitted.
Dan McBride, a captain in the Rochester Fire Department, studied the guidebooks and the maps. After trekking 25 miles in three days with his wife, Kate, and their three children — Ian, 20, Molly, 19, and Erin, 16 — to reach Gannett Peak in the Wind River Range earlier this month, they camped within view of the summit. “ It was all there,” McBride says. “ It was very, very clear.”
Snowmelt made the landmarks Dan had memorized in photos of Gannett (“ GAN-it” ) unrecognizable. But McBride wasn’t alone in his confusion. As he and his kids made their attempt on the summit — a 3,000-vertical-foot climb estimated to take 8 to 12 hours roundtrip — they encountered a group of five men from Butte, Mont., climbing with Chris Moling, a Floridian who was ascending his 49th state highpoint.
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