By Renee Aldrich
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Dan and I don't really consider ourselves "peak baggers," even though we love to climb peaks. The term peak bagger just doesn't sit right with us. It's like you're conquering the peak rather than experiencing and learning from it. We like to think of ourselves more as explorers, We love to take in the wild, remote areas we play in. We like to move slow and almost always leave an area with an intense desire to come back to see, learn and experience more.
One day, Dan and I hiked up a tall peak in central Nevada, we were making our way back down the mountain when we heard a voice call out "Renee, Renee" and we were confused by who would be calling out my name in such a remote area. When we turned around a man was coming down the mountain behind us. He had apparently learned our names from the peak register we had signed just a little while before. He had made the peak a bit after us--much to his chagrin--and was trying to catch up.
He was a nice guy and very much what I envision a typical "peak bagger" to be. One of his first questions to us was, "are you peak baggers or geocachers." We mumbled, "well, we like to hike." We then had a nice chat as he discussed peaks he recently climbed, peaks he planned to climb and his plan to climb all of Nevada's high peaks. I don't remember what led to this remark, but at one point he said "I'm so glad I made this peak, at least I don't have to come back here again!" Dan and I didn't respond to that, but looked at each other knowing that we were thinking the same thing, "WHAT?!"
That sentiment is just so different from how we like to experience the great outdoors. We now have a running joke that comes out often, especially when make a peak or are in a exceptionally cool spot, we look at each other and say, "At least we don't have to come back here again!"
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