Leaders: David Eisenberg, Frank Goodykoontz, Frank & Ruth Dobos, Charlie Knapke, Patty Kline
This trip fulfilled a goal culminating 7 years of hiking with the HPS: Leading all the peaks on the list as well as climbing them all for the third time! Last winter, I compared notes with Frank Goodykoontz and discovered that he also needed to lead Pacifico and hike it for the 7th time. Thus began our plans for a double lead list finish as well as combining his seventh and my third list finish.
We met at 9:00 am at the La Cañada Carpool Pt. With over 100 people present, we took quite a while to get organized. Because of the large group size, it was decided to shorten the trip. Instead of the 5 miles from Mill Creek Summit, we began the hike from the road junction to the campground. This made it 700' gain, and a mile to the summit.
We set up the car shuttle at the trailhead, leaving several cars at the summit with those who were not hiking. (They set up the party.) Because it was such a large group, we didn't begin hiking until almost 11. We reached the peak at noon.
Frank and I ascended the summit block for a congratulatory handclasp. The List Finisher picture included 22 list finishers who were present for the picture. (2 more came later.) Then came the party. 3 hours later, we finished celebrating and returned to the city.
Thanks to all of you for your help. I couldn't have done it without your putting up with some crazy hikes and a lot of brush. Thanks to Roy Stewart for his encouragement. Thanks to all my CoLeaders: (In alphabetical order) Tom Armbruster, Frank Atkin, Wynne Benti, Frank Dobos, Ruth Lee Dobos, Erich Fickle, Luella Martin Fickle, Frank Goodykoontz, David Jensen, Patty Kline, Charlie Knapke, Jennifer Lambelet, Barbara Reber, Evan Samuels, George Schroedter, Carleton Shay, Betty Stirratt, Minor White, and Joe Young.