I am going to climb Mt Adams two days from now. I am leaving my house at 6:00 am on Thursday morning, driving up to Trout Lake arriving at Trout Lake at around 9:00 am where I will meet my son-in-law, Kyle. Kyle is a Pastor in Washington, and is young and strong, and he is going to be my Sherpa and carry my camping stuff in his pack. We are going to start climbing at 11:00 am and camp on the mountain at about 10,000 feet getting there at approximately 5:00 pm. We will take a two man tent, warm sleeping bags, a “jet-boil” single burner, light weight cook stove, some freeze-dried meals, some warm cloths, a headlamp, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, and our cell phone to take pictures. We will take off the next morning at 6:00 am and climb to the top of Mt Adams which is 12,280 feet tall and then go back to our camp. We will decide then if we continue to the bottom and then drive home or stay another night and go down Saturday morning.
Because I grew up in Trout Lake and lived there from 1965 until 1976 I have climbed the Mountain quite a few times and climbed it just about every year from 1978 to 2017 while I was here in Jefferson as Pastor of JBC. I have made three attempts since 2017 but I failed to make it to the top each time. I hate to end my climbing career with a loss so I am going to try very hard to make it this year and then call it quits so I can go out as a winner.
I tried hard to ignore the fact that I wimped out the last three attempts to make it to the top and just be done with it, but because I knew that I could have made it if I had just persevered, it bugged me to death every year when a group from the church climbed without me. This is my last time climbing Mt Adams; win or lose so I hope I make it.