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First Summit

First Summit

This little geographically-insignificant unnamed mountain was my very first summit many years ago. Because of the extremely high avalanche hazard everywhere, we chose this objective for the day. Although my son had been climbing for three years, he had never stood on top of a mountain. Just below the summit is an old abandon shack that used to house radio repeater equipment. Resembling an outhouse in size and shape it was a tight squeeze for the two of us but a welcome break from the wind and dropping temperature. While looking at all the names written on the wall I mentioned that "my name must be in here somewhere". My son turned his head to look and right in front of his nose was my name written twice from two different dates. We added our names and the date right below my original entries. I took a photo of the names on the wall and we raced down the ridge finally bushwhacking our way back to the jeep by head lamp as two approaching storm fronts collided right on top of us. That night while unloading the photos from my camera we noticed the dates on the wall. My first summit.. had become my sons first summit, exactly 30 years to the day.. of my last entry on the wall. (insert twilight zone music here)

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