afternoon was the Mall Climb to the twin peaks of Mount Pattee. My
brother, Andy, came up this morning at around noon so he could [...]
come along to the mall climb.
brought some props with him that he hoped would come in handy, like
a canteen, a gardening claw, some ski goggles, and a Santa Claus hat.
We met the others down in front of Willard. Actually, we ran down
from Sparks together, just because we felt like it.
there were Matt [Pyson], Damon [Buckwalter], Paul [Farkas] and Scott
[Kane]. I introduced Andy to everyone. Scott handed out the new T-shirts,
after we paid him. They're really cool. Damon put his on right away,
but I kept mine in my backpack, which I'd brought for mountaineering
purposes. I put Andy's in there, too.
went off to check the route, or so he said. Gradually, everyone else
showed up and I introduced them to Andy. Jen Hoffman, Ian Podraza,
Paul Farkas, L.J. "Trotsky" Sparvero, Damon Buckwalter,
Scott Kane, Jennifer "Jake" Spangler, Will Wong, and Dave
Hrencin. There may have been more, but that's who I remember.
While we were waiting for Matt and everybody else, Damon got the idea
of tying me up, so a few guys came over with the rope and wrapped
it around me. I just sat there acting annoyed. [...]
we drifted over to the grassy area, a few of us. I was standing there
with Ian when I saw Dave Hrencin in the distance, running up like
Ken Cool Air System from the Monty Python boxing sketch. He looked
just like him from a distance EXCELLENT! Don Klees showed up
and started joking with Andy and Damon.
was fascinated by the gardening hook. He put it in his sleeve and
acted like Freddy Krueger. I wouldn't have minded except that it was
really sharp! [...]
Wong wasn't really joining us, but he'd brought a camera to take some
pictures. I'm not sure, but I think L.J. did, too.
Matt returned, and he began filling us in on the expedition plans.
By this time, Fred Walter had showed up and was watching us from the
sidewalk. He actually watched us the entire time. [Note:
It took two hours to scale Mount Pattee.] Talk about devotion!!
Pollack and gathered on the grass just on the other side of the chain
to go over the map and the course. Matt showed us the base camp we
were aiming for, while Ian held the gravity so that we were still
in normal relation to the ground. While we gathered around looking
at the map, Damon got silly and attacked it with the gardening hook,
while Will took pictures.
we were all set and had talked over the first leader and anchorman,
we were ready. Ian threw out the gravity, turning it ninety degrees.
We all fell to the ground, our feet heading down to Pollack and our
arms holding on for dear life to the sweet sod.