Leaders: Leora Jones, Stag Brown, Sue Gunn, Don Gunn
46+ hikers met at Cow Canyon Saddle Sunday morning around 9:30, anxious with anticipation for the big event. Paula Peterson and Roy Stewart were awaiting their goal: first and third time list finishers of the HPS List! Several had caravanned down from the Oktoberfestivities at Harwood Lodge and others were already at the trailhead. David Eisenberg was scheduled to lead but was unable due to a recent knee injury and asked for substitutes. He asked me to organize the hike and to assist. Thanks goes to last minute recruits Stag Brown and Sue and Don Gunn.
After participants had signed in and Charlie Knapke's group left for their peak, Lookout, we slowly headed up the road for Sunset. Laura Webb and Nami Brown caught us by hiking the ridge. Almost to the top, we saw a signal by use of a mirror from Charlie's group over on Lookout. We all were on the summit in 1 hour, 40 minutes. We met Sam Fink on top who had climbed Sunset for his 133rd time.
Many bottles of fizzy beverages were consumed and several memorable photos were taken, including the usual group shot with all list finishers present.
The views were clear and the weather was quite pleasant. The main group proceeded down the road (a few people signed out and took the shortcut down the ridge) and we were all down in 1 hour, 20 minutes. Roy and Paula and a few others charged ahead in order to lay out a spread quite in line for a list finisher. There was even cake and ice cream! Charlie's group was back in time to join in on the fun back at the cars.
Congratulations go to both Paula and Roy, as well as Bruce Peterson who got his 200th and Basil Anton who got his 100th to cap a great 1992 Oktoberfest.