Saturday, while the Wild Duluth races are being run, I'm going to do the Seven Summits Challenge set by the Superior Hiking Trail Association. They give one a year to complete it (and in fact, you only have to do 5 of the 7), but I'm going to do it Saturday, hopefully finishing before sunset.
[Here's the checklist site.]
Trust me: click on the links below.
I'll be driving all night to get to Pincushion at daybreak. I've never climbed it, but my map shows the peak to be a lower elevation than the parking lot - this will either be the easiest climb or I'm in for a surprise. Then I work back along the shore. Lookout Mountain (which always prompts "Lookout! Mountain! It's coming right at us!") is next; I've never climbed it, either. Then Oberg, on the way to Moose, the top of which I always have trouble locating - it might be on the spur to the gondola. Then Carlton, which is not an easy climb. Mt. Trudee is next, which is another difficult climb; I'll be doing it from the opposite direction from what I've done before and hope it's easier from that side. Last comes Ely's Peak, which I haven't climbed and which sounds like it might be tough if I get there after dark. As Ely's is on the Wild Duluth course, I may have some company on this one.
Then a stop at the Spirit Mountain aid station, where I'll drop off some homemade fudge, if the race is still going on, I haven't fallen off a cliff and I haven't devoured all of it during the day.
Aid Station: Eugene Curnow
3 days ago