|Nov. 20, 2004 (Sat.)
|Elevation: 3600 feet; Order of Height: 80
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Markus Wandel, Pu Chen, Caroline Doucet, Jennifer Innes, Yi Wang, Peter Krug, Asmir Arifovic
This hike was the second in our 'kilimanjaro preparation series'. It was, at this point, 40 days until we were to leave for the Kilimanjaro climb. Even though the weather looked only reasonable for the first half of the day, we wanted to get out and climb something, so I thought about it a bit and picked a hike that I knew was pretty scenic but not too long, so that we could avoid the afternoon rains which were coming.
Well, as it turns out, it was quite an amazingly nice hike. The last (and only) time I'd done this hike it was in the clouds, and I knew that there were many lookouts. With good visibility, though, this hike is super scenic, with tons of good viewpoints as the trail follows pitchoff's ridge-like summit.
This hike was also characterized by many digital SLRs being used - resulting in a huge amount of picture taking. The day was warm for late November, and there is little to no wind. Ewart had parallel-hike along the Porter-Cascade ridge while we hiked, and, with radio contact, we arranged for a tele-photo flag-unfurling picture with him atop Cascade peak.
Another point of note is the fabulous open rock at the west end of Pitchoff's ridge. Very scenic and very interesting.
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Image Gallery: November 2004 Pitchoff Mountain Hike