The Fun Dome (#59): High Flying Hikes: Cuatro

The Single Guy Era marches on…

Chena Dome. Fairbanks, Alaska. 1993. Dieter Bareihs, Thor Himley and I walk into an old 1950’s C-46 wreck. We summit Chena Dome in zero visibility and wind the next day. Thor had a garbage bag for an outer layer.

Saddle near Chena dome with Deets and Thor.

Saddle near Chena dome with Deets and Thor.

Otokomi Lake. Glacier National Park. April 1994. Climbed up in the early spring snow to a mountain lake. Post-holing up to my hips, I’m pretty sure I remember retreating from this one. Nobody in the park but me, though. This was part of my drive out of Alaska down the Alcan Highway. Mountain bike Jasper, skied Lake Louise, swam in Liard River Hot Springs, partied in Banff, skied at Targhee and A Basin. And this hike. Good month of adventure.

Up in Glacier National Park.

Up in Glacier National Park.

Linville Gorge and Mt. Mitchell. North Carolina. Summer 1994. Jon Wiesinger and I spent a few days in the rain descending the Linville Gorge. Tried to summit Table Mountain (I think) one day and got stymied by thundershowers. Making one last push for summit and lightning hit so close I thought the world ended. We ran all the way back down to the river. Later we drove up to Mt. Mitchell. North Carolina high point only a few steps from the parking lot. Nothing to brag about. Good pre-Korea sendoff with my old friend.

Rainy route-finding in Linville Gorge.

Rainy route-finding in Linville Gorge.

Mt. Mitchell summit in sandals. Whew, tough one.

Mt. Mitchell summit in sandals. Whew, tough one.

Mt. Sorak. Korea. Sep 1994. The third highest peak in South Korea. Incredible terrain. Another hiking trip with a woman while trapped in the “friend zone.” Kind of like the “death zone” in high altitude mountaineering. Except worse.

Sorak Sunset.

Sorak Sunset.

Jiri San. Korea. Oct 1994. Second highest peak in South Korea. The tallest is on Cheju Do (an island to the south) that I never visited. Fall foliage on this peak seemed just like New England. Dieter Bareihs and Eddie went to the summit with me on this one.

Fall foliage on Jiri San.

Fall foliage on Jiri San.

Byeonsanbando National Park. Korea. Fall 1994. I invited someone named Shelley to hike up to a Buddhist temple here. Walked up there through some snow flurries. I guess you’d call it a first date.

First date.

First date.

Seneca Rocks. West Virginia. Circa Early 90’s. My parents moved from NH to West Virginia after my sister and I left home. Somewhere on this time frame, we visited this rock formation near Elkins, WV a few different times.

Seneca Rocks in West by God Virginia.

Seneca Rocks in West by God Virginia.

Panther Knob. West Virginia. Winter 1995. Visiting parents for a month from Korea. Dad’s co-worker got us special permission to visit this location that is privately held and not open to the public. Also played some cowpie baseball that morning.

Panther Knob.

Panther Knob

Cowpie baseball.

Cowpie baseball.

North Fork Mountain. West Virginia. 1995. Solo loop while visiting the parents again. During this hike, pretty much decided to see if that Shelley girl would hike with me for the rest of my life.

North Fork Mountain, West Virginia.

North Fork Mountain, West Virginia.

Thus, endeth the Single Guy Era of hiking.

 

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About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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