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Mount of the Holy Cross 2005

1 February 2005

I made the mistake yesterday of lingering over the “Best New Gear” edition of Backpacker magazine, and it reminded me that 2005 must be the year in which I summit the Mount of the Holy Cross via the Notch Mountain shelter. I’ll want to take a group with me to share the views, and maybe reminisce a little about how John Eldredge’s books have brought the Scriptures to life again for me. An overnight next to the shelter would be a total gas.

Any of you who has summited by the Notch Mountain route, I’d be grateful for your tips and observations and trip reports. I’m a seasoned fourteener veteran (if 15 summits qualifies for that – does it change your opinion if one of them was Longs?), but my rather extreme experience descending in 2002 from the saddle between Kit Carson and Challenger Point has chastened me a bit about my intuition up there at 14,000′. (If you are the one who found my beloved North Face shell halfway down the big snowfield on June 26th, congratulations on a worthy find.)

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