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Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2018-08-10

Climber: Eric Davidson

Date:Friday, August 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a super, super emotional summit for me. At the time of this hike I had spent nearly the previous two months on a life changing road trip doing high points across the western US and Canada, and this was the last peak of the trip. I had summited several state high points including Mt Rainier and Borah Peak. That's in addition to a Mt Baker climb, a fantastic week in British Columbia and Alberta, trips to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, and hikes of obscure peaks in Colorado. These are all experiences that, a year later as I'm writing this, still live in my head like ghosts of loved ones. Every day of that trip was a testament to how good life can be, and as I stood at the summit of Hoye-Crest watching the sun rise over the foggy countryside below me, the feeling of it being "over" took hold of me, and although I knew a sunrise on Hoye Crest would be a perfectly good punctuation mark to the trip, I wished the sentence could have run on for a while longer.

Anyways, now that all that melodrama is out of the way, I can get into the actual circumstances of the hike which are kind of funny. I had spent the three days prior to this hike driving from Laramie, Wyoming with a huge detour to Iowa's state high point. It had been a little soul sapping to put it lightly. It'd basically been about 3 days of nothing but driving and occasional stops for highpoints, gas, and food. I'd even spent a night sleeping in my car at the world's largest truck stop (whooooo!), a place I still regret not getting a t-shirt from. When I actually got to the trailhead it was sometime around 12 or 1 am, and so I just parked at a small pullout in the road and slept in my car for a few hours. I woke up around 5am and started hiking... in flip flops. Yep. I had gotten some pretty horrendous blisters on my heels in Yellowstone from wearing sneakers that had been slightly crushed, and so I completed the hike in flip flops. There were some rocks on the trail, but overall it wasn't such a bad choice.

For my metal mountain I chose Election Day by Hammers of Misfortune
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:676 ft / 206 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Trailhead:2684 ft / 818 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant
A little cool



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