Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tina Fiori Denali summit celebration hike

In May, SoCal trailblazer and all around mountain maniac Tina Fiori summited Denali. Many of us in the southland mountaineering community rejoiced at the news, because we've observed her grit and sustained determination first hand. If anyone deserved it, it was Tina!

Tina Fiori on the summit of Denali, May 2013

To celebrate her accomplishment, a bunch of us convened at dawn on Father's Day to ascend Register Ridge on Mt. Baldy. Though everyone else slogged on to Dawson and then back up to Baldy summit, I convinced Patrick to do the "gentleman's variation", which involved a leisurely stroll down Devil's Backbone and then ... I hesitate to admit this ... a ride down the ski lift.

Heading up the bottom of Register Ridge.

Taking a break on Register Ridge.

The final moon slog to Harwood summit. 

Gettin' goofy on Harwood summit. That's Mt. Baldy in the background.

Devil's Backbone

Patrick on Devil's Backbone

Patrick reacting to the news that we would be taking the ski lift down.